SAE International Announces Self-Driving Car Demonstration at Babcock Ranch in Florida – Public Invited To Ride in A Self-Driving Car

Dec. 3, 2018 – For three days beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12SAE International invites the public to ride in a self-driving vehicle from Perrone Robotics at Babcock Ranch. The event will be held with partnership from Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes, Velodyne, LimeBike, AAA and Transdev.

This second “SAE Demo Day” is an opportunity for the public to experience self-driving technology and share their feedback about the experience. SAE International seeks to understand the public’s perception toward self-driving technology through this event. Riders will be asked questions before, during and after the ride about their experience and their comfort level with autonomous vehicles. The information gathered will allow SAE International to identify areas to improve public education and understanding of self-driving vehicles.

“Proper testing of autonomous technology is crucial to the success of self-driving vehicles. And, the public’s acceptance and comfort is key to that testing,” SAE International Chief Product Officer, Frank Menchaca, said. “SAE International serves as a convener, working with technology companies, auto manufacturers and government to safely advance autonomous vehicle development. This demo day brings the most important audience to the dialogue, the public.”

Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes will be on hand during the public Demo Days. “I am excited that SAE International is continuing to bring this self-driving “hands off” demo across Florida. We had a wonderful experience in Tampa. Now, the residents and future residents of Babcock Ranch will be able to experience this technology and provide feedback for what they want to see in their community as we move towards a shared, electric, and autonomous future. I look forward to SAE International and Babcock Ranch casting a bold vision for this future,” Brandes said.

In addition to the self-driving demonstration, SAE International will unveil an updated visual chart for its Levels of Automation standard, “J3016: Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Driving Automation Systems for On-Road Motor Vehicles.” J3016 provides and defines the six levels of driving automation, from no automation to full automation. Consistent with industry practices, the standard helps to eliminate confusion by providing clarity and is frequently cited and referred to by industry and media. It was adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) for use in its “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.”

Located in Southwest Florida just north of Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch features the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in the U.S. today. “At Babcock Ranch we’ve been preparing for the future of transportation from day one – which makes it the perfect location for this event,” said Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO of Kitson & Partners. “With autonomous shuttles already in operation for more than a year, Babcock Ranch is serving as a living laboratory for cutting edge technologies that will completely transform the way we all live.”

Media Demonstration Days:
Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 13
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (Additional times available upon request)

Public Demonstration Days:
Wednesday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 14
9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Babcock Ranch – Old School Building
42850 Crescent Loop; Babcock Ranch, FL 33982
(For GPS navigation, use Punta Gorda as the city.)
Upon arrival check in at the welcome desk.


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