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Autonomous Vehicle Site Enters Next Phase Of Development

A group of smiling people stand beside a sign reading, "suntrax." Clouds are above the group. The American and Florida Flags wave behind the sign. In the background is a white building.
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Construction is underway for a new autonomous-vehicle test site in Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation is teaming up with Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise to build the facility. 

Florida wants to be the go-to place to test self-driving cars. Florida Department of Transportation officials say companies like Tesla and Uber are looking for facilities that can simulate real-life driving environments. That’s where Suntrax comes in. In the fall, Suntrax will add urban intersections, curb-side pick-up and more to its list of test scenarios. There will be 10 total. The facility will also have workshops, office space, and a cafeteria.