The first phase of SunTrax is expected to open in April of 2019, less than a year away.

The 400-acre research facility will feature a 2.25 oval track for high-speed testing, and a 200-acre infield for testing emerging technology, including autonomous vehicles.

SunTrax’s Program Manager, Paul Satchfield, gave an update on the project during a community forum held by the Polk Transportation Planning Organization.

Satchfield said they’ve designed about 60 percent of the infield. According to Satchfield, the design calls for an urban area with shipping containers used to replicate buildings, a suburban area, and have an airport pick up/drop off area, all designed to challenge autonomous vehicles.

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