ORLANDO — Fifty years after Florida rallied for a moonshot, the state’s government and industry leaders have coalesced around another breakthrough technology that will be deployed closer to home.
Executives and elected officials have sought to make Florida a hotbed of activity in the development of self-driving technology, a location as synonymous with next-generation transportation as Silicon Valley or Detroit.
Those efforts, underway for years, reached a crescendo in recent months.
Last month Starsky Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup, used a 9.5-mile stretch of the Florida Turnpike to conduct the first test of a self-driving truck with no human aboard in everyday traffic. Also in June, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that clarified definitions around automated-vehicle technology and ensured an industry-friendly foundation for testing and deployments.
Last week, Orlando hosted the sixth annual Automated Vehicles Symposium, a gathering that brings together top industry…