Mon, Apr 17 2017

National Automated Vehicle Designation

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City of Orlando Partnership Receives National Automated Vehicle Designation From the U.S. Department of Transportation

By: Buddy Dyer

The Central Florida region is known for our collaboration and creative thinkers, which together have further diversified our economy and created new hubs of industry that have generated high-tech, high-wage careers for our residents.

Through this regional strength, we have also brought game-changing projects to our community, connecting our residents to opportunities and the jobs of the future with opportunities at SunRail, Medical City at Lake Nona and a shared UCF/ Valencia campus in Downtown Orlando.

In that spirit, the City of Orlando has joined with several local academic, private sector and government agencies to form the Central Florida Automated Vehicle (AV) Partnership. Together, we applied for and received designation by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as an Automated Vehicle Proving Ground.

This designation will make Central Florida one of the nation’s premier clusters for research and development of automated vehicle technology across all modes of travel. Joining with other designated entities across the country to share best practices, Central Florida will provide the foundation for this new technology and its safe testing, demonstration and deployment.

This designation also brings with it the potential for huge economic benefits for our residents and community: from the investments from automakers and technology companies, to the creation of new jobs in an emerging industry, to the opportunity our entrepreneurs will have to create, innovate and help to improve these vehicles.

I am excited about this opportunity for our region, our businesses and our residents as we work together to ensure that Orlando is known as America’s new home for innovation, transportation, and opportunity.


John Hugh “Buddy” Dyer is the 32nd and current mayor of Orlando, Florida. He was first elected in 2003, after serving for 10 years in the Florida State Senate.

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