Self-driving vehicle facility for testing and research opens in Auburndale

After breaking ground on construction almost six years ago, FDOT and Florida’s turnpike officials will host the grand opening ceremony of the Suntrax test facility in Auburndale this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

It’s where cutting-edge research on self-driving cars is going to be conducted.

SunTrax sits on 475 acres on Braddock Road just off Polk Parkway and is composed of a 2.25-mile-long oval test track around a 200-acre infield.

The multi-lane track will make it the only high-speed autonomous vehicle testing facility in the southeastern United States…

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise also constructed a main entry campus, featuring a 20,000-square-foot arrival and conference center as well as offices, classrooms, and indoor and outdoor event spaces.