Reversible lane closures on Selmon Expressway for self-driving truck testing

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – The elevated reversible lanes of the Selmon Expressway will be closed to traffic after the morning rush to make way for self-driving trucks. 

All of the testing will be done Monday – Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week and will take place with someone behind the wheel of the tractor trailers, according to expressway authority officials. 

The technology controls acceleration, braking, and steering of the vehicles. 

Owners of Starsky Robotics, the company behind the effort says the driver-less technology will make roads safer.

The expressway authority first started allowing driverless vehicles to be tested on the elevated Selmon Expressway back in 2014. 

At the time, the expressway was one of only a handful of roadways nationwide where these tests could take place.

Since then other companies joined in and made Tampa a popular option self-driving vehicle testing.

Closing the upper deck will give engineers the freedom to control the environment, and create traffic jams when they want. 

Owners of Starsky Robotics say their goal is to have driver-less trucks on highways, along with remote-controlled options for the first and last mile of trips. 

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