All Roads Lead to Orlando
Autonomous Vehicle Proving Ground
Orlando is a global hub, test bed and implementation proving grounds for autonomous vehicles. It’s one of the first regions to be designated a national AV proving-ground. It also has some of the nation’s friendliest AV legislation. Being the largest tourist destination in the world means Orlando has the infrastructure and scalability for a diverse set of test cases. Plus, Orlando’s competencies in simulation, aviation, defense and history in space exploration combined with specialized university research and a robust talent pipeline make this the ideal location to develop and test autonomous technologies.
Florida is the Friendliest State for Autonomous Vehicle Research
Orlando is the Largest Rental Car Market in the World
More Modern Toll Roads than Anywhere in the U.S.
Over 2,000 Miles of Fiber Optic Communications Infrastructure
60 Million Annual Visitors
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The Nation’s friendliest state
For Autonomous Vehicle Legislation
Florida is one of the friendliest places in the world for AV legislation. Orlando’s hospitality roots extend beyond welcoming tourists from all over the world to new technologies and companies.
Orlando began exploring AV technology in 2011 with the connected vehicle-affiliated testing bed along I-4. In 2012, the Florida Automated Vehicles program was established to lead the state in developing best safety practices and promote awareness for AVs and relevant technology. Statewide, House Bill 7027 was passed in 2016, which cleared the way for all forms of AV testing.
Signed in June 2019, House Bill 311 solidifies Florida’s AV friendly stance by designating the autonomous driving system the official operator of vehicle and provides that a human operator is not required to operate a fully autonomous vehicle. HB 311 embraces the future of transportation by removing barriers to the advancement of autonomous vehicles and establishing a statewide statutory framework.
A large, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments.
Kennedy Space Center
NASA Kennedy Space Center provides a controlled testing facility for AV that offers a contained environment with a vast roadway network and secure access.
Orlando has designated public highways, roadways and transit for autonomous vehicle testing.
Central Florida Expressway Authority
A privately owned highway network, includes Florida highways 408, 414, 417, 429, 451, 528, 429 and 453
The Theme here is success
Training Tomorrow’s Workforce Today
Orlando universities offer specialized programs and certifications related to autonomous technology, including University of Central Florida (UCF)’s Institute for Simulation and Training, Full Sail University’s Bachelor’s Degree in Simulation & Visualization and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Simulation Science, Games and Animation Program.
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Get in touch with Abigail Wagner, Director of Economic Development, for additional information including customized talent data and tailored space recommendations.
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Other Focus Areas
Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
Orlando’s abundance of pharmaceutical companies distribute 70 percent of the country’s specialty drugs.
Simulation-based technology has been a key ingredient to Orlando’s economy since it was first developed to take man to the moon.
Fast-growing medical device companies and global players have set up shop in Orlando because of its recognized medical device training expertise.