Cutting-edge research on driverless cars is going to be conducted in Polk County. Monday, Florida’s Turnpike and Florida Polytechnic University broke ground on SunTrax, a new 400-acre research park in Auburndale, just off Braddock Road.

At the ceremony, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam referred to driverless vehicles as “as one of the most transformational inventions in our country.”

“Imagine a world,” he said, “where the question is not how to allow driverless vehicles on the road, but at what point do we ban drivers.”

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