Florida selects consultant to guide statewide connected, autonomous vehicle efforts

The work continues Florida’s efforts to keep pace with rapidly changing transportation technology

August 15, 2019
Connected and automated vehicles; CAV technology; Florida DOT; HDR
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The Florida DOT has selected HDR to help ensure the state remains a leader in the integration of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs).

As general engineering consultant, HDR will develop, implement, deploy, and evaluate a statewide investment in CAV technology that is among the most robust in the nation. The work continues Florida’s efforts to keep pace with rapidly changing transportation technology. HDR will provide CAV program support, thought leadership, training for FDOT staff, and development of CAV standards and action plans, among other tasks in the multi-year contract.

Among HDR’s key responsibilities will be implementing the state’s recently developed CAV business plan, meant to move Florida’s CAV efforts from planning phases and pilot projects to full-scale statewide deployment. As that deployment occurs, CAV technologies have the potential to significantly improve travel for Floridians by reducing fatal highway crashes, improving travel times, increasing mobility, and enhancing multimodal operations.

In addition, HDR was recently selected as the prime construction engineering and inspection services consultant for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise’s new CAV test facility at SunTrax. Located off I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, the large-scale, cutting-edge facility is a proving ground dedicated to the research, development, and testing of emerging transportation technologies.

The $100 million SunTrax Connected/Automated Vehicle Test Facility (SunTrax Phase II) will involve the construction of 200 acres of infield roadway and track infrastructure and 13 buildings totaling over 140,000 sq ft, as well as stormwater management, civil site/utility, and communication facilities. When complete, it will be used for the research, development, and testing of emerging transportation technologies related to tolling, intelligent transportation systems, smartphone-based technologies, and other advanced transportation systems.

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SOURCE: HDR

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