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Additions at MOSI will let you ride driverless shuttle, pilot drones and code robots

MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler AvenueTampa, FL  33617
MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler AvenueTampa, FL 33617
Published Jun. 5, 2015

Additions to the Innovate exhibit at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry will allow visitors to ride a driverless shuttle, pilot drones and code robots beginning as early as next week. The intelligent and electric Meridian Shuttle opening June 13 will be the first of its kind open to the general public in the United States, MOSI said. Guests will be able to hop on the shuttle eight at a time in the museum lobby and take a fully computerized spin around the first floor. A docent called a STEAM Punk will ride along with passengers, explain the technology and answer questions, said Megan Haskins, MOSI's marketing director. Starting in July, tech fans will also be able to pilot flying, rolling and submersible drones in MOSI's new Drone Zone. The Idea Zone is also adding a component allowing future inventors to code a robot to explore off-world terrain and navigate a maze. Exhibit organizers say introducing the tech to consumers before it is commercially available gives them the chance to ask questions about the safety and feasibility of driverless vehicles. Admission to the museum is $22.95 adults, $18.95 kids. For more information, visit mosi.org. — Robbyn Mitchell, Times staff writer