Orlando To Introduce Driverless Buses

Look, ma, no driver! Driverless shuttles are coming to Lake Nona.

Orlando’s Lake Nona unveiled the first autonomous vehicles in Florida last Tuesday. 

Autonomous vehicle company Beep revealed that a miniature, self-driving bus will hit the streets of Lake Nona in the coming months. 

Move Nona is a self-driving shuttle and will seat up to 15 passengers. The vehicle will be able to travel no more than 16 miles per hour, according to Beep. The project is supplied by French company Navya, whose representatives also came to Lake Nona to announce Beep had been chosen as a partner on the project. Both Beep and Navya have been contracted by Lake Nona owner and prime developer- Tavistock Group which is a Bahamas-based private investment organization founded in 1975 and controlling assets in various land development projects.


Dozens of executives and local officials gathered in the Orlando suburb for the announcement. Beep is planning to plant its headquarters square in Lake Nona – a 17 square-mile neighborhood in south Orlando billed as one of the newest, fastest developing tech-heavy ‘smart cities.’ 
If you need one of the new autonome shuttles, all you have to do is use an app to request a pickup. The shuttles run on batteries and are guided by sensors. The project aims to reduce air pollution and congestion. Each bus will be able to accommodate eight seated passengers and there is standing room for a few more.

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer told reporters that the aim of the area is to become one of the autonomous vehicle central-points of all the United States as currently it is one of ten autonomous vehicle proving grounds in the country.

According to Orlando Weekly.

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The Transportation Security Administartion has announced plans to hire about 800 new officers this month, as well as to pay for more part-time workers and overtime in an effort to reduce lengthy wait times at security checkpoints. Continue reading “TSA Sends 58 Additional Security Officers To O’Hare To Help With Security Lines”

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Unfortunately, it seems the same story may happen to people in real life. A Kurdish family of six has been stuck at a Russian airport for more than 50 days while  they were attempting to claim asylum in the country after fleeing Syria. Continue reading “Family of Six Refugees Stuck Living at Airport for More Than 50 Days”

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One of the points is travelers to consider Melbourne as a less congested alternative to the airports in Orlando. As Melbourne airport has always been overshadowed by Orlando International Airport and even Orlando Sanford International Airport. Continue reading “Melbourne Airport to Add ‘Orlando’ to Its Name”

A new era for transportation in our region has started

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The futuristic train is about to be built by Georgia-based American Maglev Technology. Continue reading “A new era for transportation in our region has started”