Florida: Self-driving car test facility to start next construction phase

A Polk County self-driving car test site is now one step closer to opening in late 2021, state officials said Wednesday.

The SunTrax facility will enter phase two this fall and will be the nation’s first state-owned autonomous vehicle testing site. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the next step alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“In order for Florida to have a modern transportation system that meets the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors, we must embrace emerging technology,” DeSantis said. “Once completed, SunTrax will further strengthen Florida’s position as a national leader in automated vehicle testing and research.”