Suntrax, Phase TwoPosted on: February 13, 2020
Last May, a 2.25 mile track was built on nearly 500 acres in Polk County as a “fully operational” facility for testing autonomous vehicles under varied conditions. But the construction of that facility, known as Suntrax, was only phase one. Toward the end of 2019, Governor DeSantis announced the implementation of phase two, the establishment of very specific test environments within that track. The governor’s stated goal is to “strengthen Florida’s position as a national leader in automated vehicle testing and research,” where Arizona and California tend to get most of the dominating conversation.
Phase two involves the following:
- An urban area to simulate intersection configurations and signalization;
- A roadway geometry track made up of complex horizontal and vertical curves;
- A pick-up/drop-off area to replicate multimodal passenger transfers, such as airports; and
- An augmented reality pad to create immersive, computer-generated environments.
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