It’s a new era on the roadway, and Florida is no exception. Recently, self-driving trucks started rolling on Florida highways. Starsky Robotics has begun testing new autonomous trucks on the roadways.

Now, we have driverless buses moving to Lake Nona. Beep has started implementing the mass transit system that will be fully functioning in the area this Spring. (Read more here).

The advances don’t stop at vehicles. More and more, cities in Florida are using technology to up the game. One of our partners, Travelers, explores ways cities have used technology for enhancements on the roadways and within the city limits:

  1. Smart traffic management. Smart traffic management systems, including smart street lights and road-embedded sensors, can help relieve gridlock by improving traffic flow and providing better traffic information directly to citizens.
  2. Smart parking management. Technologies, such as smart parking meters and wireless sensors, in public parking spaces have the potential to improve the parking experience for citizens, while enhancing what is often a revenue generator for communities.
  3. Smart public transportation management. Public entities are implementing systems to more seamlessly integrate bus, rail, trolley and other modes of transportation. Smart ticketing systems and onboard mobile gateway technologies promise to help improve the passenger experience.
  4. Smart transportation pricing and payment systems. Mobile payment systems offer riders a faster and more reliable experience, and they promise public entities a more reliable means to capture revenue from transportation services.
  5. Smart mobility-on-demand systems. Vehicle sharing and other mobility on-demand systems, which allow for people to share bikes, cars and driverless pods, offer convenience without the costs of fuel, insurance, taxes, maintenance and repair.

Read the full article here.