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All Roads Lead to Tampa: How Tampa is Driving the Future of Transportation

As part of Infrastructure Week, a national week of events, media coverage, education, and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure improvements as a critical issue facing all Americans, Tampa elected officials and industry leaders participated in a panel discussion, press conference, and interactive exhibit on the future of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

The Infrastructure Week event kicked off with a panel discussion on the future of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and the Tampa-led U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program on connected vehicles and was followed by an interactive exhibit of vehicles and simulators using connected and autonomous vehicle technology. Vehicles on Demonstration included Tesla Model S, Ford Explorer, Fully Autonomous MOSI Meridian Shuttle, University of Central Florida’s Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Simulator, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s Autonomous Vehicle Simulator, and Savari/Autotalk’s Autonomous Vehicle Tabletop Simulator.

Tampa, through its selection as one of only three cities in the nation to receive a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to pilot connected vehicle technology, is emerging as a leader in next-generation transportation technology and is uniquely positioned to highlight the need for investment in transportation infrastructure improvements.

In Attendance:   

  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  •  Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
  •  Florida Department of Transportation District 7 Secretary Paul Steinman
  •  State Senator Jeff Brandes
  • Tampa City Council and HART Chair Mike Suarez
  • Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Executive Director Joe Waggoner
  • HNTB Associate Vice President Greg Krueger
  • Volkswagen Group of America Senior Staff Engineer Kaushik Raghu


  •   Panel Discussion- Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa Street Tampa, FL 33602
  •   Press Conference and Interactive Exhibit - Franklin Street adjacent to Lykes Gaslight Square Park Tampa, FL         
  •   Download the event program