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The Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) program is led by the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) and is leading the State's efforts to develop research and pilot projects and create awareness of the technologies that will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety. Check their Florida Automated Vehicles website to follow the development of the Florida-specific initiative and the progression of automated vehicle technology nationwide: www.AutomatedFL.com
According to FDOT: Automated vehicle is an umbrella term that includes both autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. An autonomous vehicle (AV) is any vehicle equipped with advanced sensors (radar, LIDAR, cameras, etc.) and computing abilities to perceive its surroundings and activate steering, braking, and acceleration without operator input. Connected vehicles (CV) employ vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication to provide real-time warnings to a human driver to help them avoid crashes. Additional information can include traffic signal status, traffic congestion and construction warnings, as well as impending severe weather events. Both technologies can improve safety and efficiency of our transportation system in Florida since over 90% of traffic crashes are due to human error. CV technologies can also allow back office systems such as the traffic signal control system to react to real-time information from the vehicle.