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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.

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Abigail Wagner

Abigail Wagner

Associate Director, Economic Development

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    Florida is the Friendliest State for Autonomous Vehicle Research

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    Orlando is the Largest Rental Car Market in the World

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    More Modern Toll Roads than Anywhere in the U.S.

  • Over 2,000 Miles of Fiber Optic Communications Infrastructure

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Known for the companIes we keep

80 percent of workers in Orlando are employed outside of the leisure and hospitality industry. We’re a little more innovative than you might think.

Luminar Technologies

Luminar is a sensor and software company with the vision to power every AV by delivering the only LiDAR capable…

Company: Luminar Technologies

Industry: Electronics

Company Size (Employees): 100-500


Founded by experienced fleet managers and technology entrepreneurs, beep delivers the next generation of services for passenger mobility. Beep is…

Company: Beep/Navya

Industry: Smart Sensors

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Siemens Energy

Siemens Energy generates and delivers power from numerous sources including the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and natural gas…

Company: Siemens Energy

Industry: Energy

Company Size (Employees): 1000-5000


Voyage is bringing a door-to-door self-driving taxi service to the 750 miles of road at The Villages. When fully operational,…

Company: Voyage

Industry: Smart Sensors

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"With its world class mix of companies, research institutions and human capital that have decades of developing, manufacturing and selling photonic products, Orlando has a unique blend of expertise and talent."

– Scott Faris, Chief Business Officer at Luminar

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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.

Central Florida Expressway Authority

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.

Florida Polytechnic University

This entirely STEM degree based university located in Lakeland, Fla. is home to the Advanced Mobility Institute, a leader in autonomous vehicle research.

Full Sail University

Full Sail’s Simulation & Visualization Bachelor of Science degree program equips engineers working in the simulation and visualization industry with vital programming and critical thinking skills.

Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA)

A graduate video game design school offering an accredited master’s degree in interactive entertainment.

School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training

The UCF School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training is a global leader in Modeling and Simulation graduate education.

The College of Optics and Photonics

The UCF College of Optics and Photonics is a world leader in education, research, and industrial partnership.

Orange Technical College

The Modeling Simulation Production program prepares students for employment as Modeling and Simulation Technicians, Modeling and Simulation Programmers, and Modeling and Simulation Developers.

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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.

Call her today: 407.902.2442

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