Florida: Self-driving buses roll into Orlando’s Lake Nona, a growing testbed for ‘smart city’ technology

Autonomous vehicle company Beep revealed on Tuesday that a miniature, self-driving bus is poised to hit the streets of Lake Nona in the coming months.

Dozens of executives and local officials convened in the Orlando suburb for the announcement and added that Beep will plant its headquarters square in Lake Nona – a burgeoning, 17 square-mile neighborhood in south Orlando billed as one of the newest, fastest growing tech-heavy “smart cities.”

“We’re looking at this being very much around the corner,” Beep co-founder Kevin Reid said Tuesday, adding that the company plans to deploy its first two autonomous shuttles this spring.