Florida Okays Autonomous Vehicles with No Drivers

Florida has enacted a law that allows fully autonomous vehicles to be operated on public roads with no human driver on board.

The measure will take effect on July 1. It requires robotic cars to be fully insured, and it exempts their occupants from state laws against texting or watching videos while riding in such vehicles. The measure also prohibits local governments from imposing special taxes or fees on autonomous vehicles used to provide passenger transport services.

The law allows insurers to offer lower rates for cars equipped with factory-installed or retrofitted autonomous driving systems, as long as the technology complies with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill yesterday at an event celebrating phase one development of Florida’s SunTrax mobility test track in Auburndale.