Tampa, Florida tests next step in driverless cars

The future of street safety got a test drive in Tampa Thursday, as the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority demonstrated the next step in its connected vehicle pilot program.

Connected vehicles use sensor technology that connects with other vehicles, roads, traffic lights, and crosswalks. The sensors communicate with one another to alert drivers of possible collisions.

“Safety is the number-one focus of connectivity,” said Bob Frey, THEA Director of Planning and Innovations. “It will allow safer [conditions], not just for the people in the vehicles, but for pedestrians and public transportation, everybody using the system.”