Driverless Cars at Babcock Ranch in Florida


Babcock Ranch is a man-made community that is nature inspired, energy conscious, technologically advanced, and motivated by health and wellness. It’s the first community of its type to unveil a plan to offer automated share mobility vehicles.

The folks at Babcock Ranch believe the best way to develop smart cities is to start with smart communities where developers and early adopters can test new technology and provide valuable customer feedback to guide future development and expansion. They want to be a living-learning laboratory for new technology, including the new driverless car technology.

As an early adopter of environmentally conscious technology, They plan to introduce automated vehicles for use by thefirst-phase residents and business in 2017.  The grand plan is to have 40 vehicles operating in 2017 and ramping up to 400 vehicles by 2021.

To accomplish this, they’re asking for help from qualified third parties to be Strategic Partners for K&P that are interested in developing automated mobility solutions for future residents and businesses.

Babcock Ranch is working with a little help from the Google Self Driving Car Project as shown below.

In a webinar hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Larry Burns, a consultant to Babcock Ranch in southwest Florida, will present the community’s plan to offer automated vehicles for use by residents and businesses. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at 3 p.m. EDT.

The webinar, “Testing and Operating Automated Vehicles at Babcock Ranch, Florida,” will review plans for automated vehicle technical/service areas in the community, which include:

— Shared Mobility Vehicles
— Autonomous Driving Systems Technology
— System Integrator
— Electronic Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
— Maintenance and System Operations Providers
— Mobile Device and Communications Network
— Transportation Network Companies

Registration for the webinar is complimentary for AUVSI members and qualified media, and $49 for non-members. Registration will close at 10:00 a.m. EDT the day of the webinar. For more information or to register, contact Tom McMahon at or (571) 255-7786.

To learn more or get involved, contact Babcock Ranch today and in the message, mention that you’d like to connect with Natalee Burns.

Read more about the Babcock Ranch project here:

Learn more about the Google Driverless Car Project Here: