Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry Extends Nation’s First Driverless Experience by Popular Demand

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The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa opened the driverless vehicle experience this summer, ushering in a new era of publicly accessible automated technology. Now, by popular demand, the Meridian Shuttle, a 100 percent driverless and electric shuttle, will continue to offer guests an up-close look at the shuttle at MOSI’s main entrance.

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa opened the driverless vehicle experience this summer, ushering in a new era of publicly accessible automated technology. Now, by popular demand, the Meridian Shuttle, a 100 percent driverless and electric shuttle, will continue to offer guests an up-close look at the shuttle at MOSI’s main entrance. This experience continues to be the only publicly available autonomous vehicle in the nation. While many institutions have provided autonomous technology demonstrations in isolated areas, no one in the United States has a working system that interacts with the organization and their guests.

“This is world-changing technology and it makes sense for us to have it here at MOSI, our community’s resource for science and technology,” said Molly Demeulenaere, President and CEO of MOSI. “By making these new and developing technologies accessible to everyone, MOSI gives its visitors a sneak peek into their not-so-distant future and inspires our next generation of scientists, engineers and inventors to see that anything is possible.”

The overall experience will touch on some of the controversies that are tied to new technologies. Are self-driving cars able to be hacked? Are they safe to use? Who can operate a driverless car?

“There is often a fear surrounding new technologies like autonomous vehicles and drones,” said Demeulenaere. “MOSI empowers people to embrace their curiosity regarding these new technologies in a safe and protective environment. These are important conversations happening within the family unit here at MOSI that may not happen in more formal settings.”

MOSI’s driverless vehicle and Drone Zone is a part of MOSI’s newest exhibit, Innovate, a unique experience showcasing the latest discoveries that improve the way we live, work, and play right now and in the future. This experience will be included with the price of admission and free for MOSI members. MOSI admission, which includes the autonomous vehicle, drones, 3D Printing the Future and more than 450 hands-on exhibits is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors (60+), $18.95 for children (3-12) and children 2 and under are free.

Innovate is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

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