The Miami region is set to become a test location for innovative transportation technologies and partnerships, officials say.
CoMotion, a think-tank for mobility innovation, announced Tuesday that it will be partnering with Miami-Dade County to launch a consortium of regional public and private stakeholders called CoMotion LAB MIAMI (C-LAB MIAMI).
The primary goal of the lab, Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, is to improve mobility and transit in across Miami-Dade County and southern Florida.
“We’re the ideal location to develop everything from smart signal technology and ride-sharing apps, to solar-powered water taxies, vertical take-off [vehicles] and landing systems that operate like flying cars,” said Gimenez, during his keynote address.
C-LAB MIAMI will serve as a place to attract innovative transportation ideas, moving them from proof of concept to realization. Some of the private-sector partners in the consortium include: Uber, HNTB, Via, INRIX and others.