Florida Lawmakers Looking Toward Driverless Future
FLORIDA – According to an online news story published at sun-sentinel.com, Florida lawmakers are looking toward a driverless future and introducing legislation that encourages growth in the world of autonomous vehicles.*
Florida Rep. Jason Fischer recently introduced a bill that would eliminate the state’s current ban on public autonomous vehicles and allow for fully autonomous vehicles to operate without humans. While the prospect of computer-operated vehicles roaming the roads still makes many people nervous, Fischer is confident autonomous technology is what the country needs to prevent major traffic accidents.
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 94 percent of all serious vehicle crashes are caused by human error. Taking humans out of the equation will make the roads safer, autonomous tech proponents say, and will increase access to transportation.
“I see all kinds of opportunity, but I also see opportunity for freedom,” Fischer said. “It increases mobility for our society in a way that’s hard to quantify – for people with disabilities, people who are vision-impaired or cannot drive at night.”
Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes plans to submit a version of the bill in the Senate, as well. Debate and revisions on the bills will start with the spring congressional session, beginning March 5. Anything the state passes will have to fall in line with existing federal laws on vehicle safety, but the bills open the door for a new age of transportation.
Many developers see cars becoming a subscription-based service, whereby people pay a monthly fee to have the option of summoning a driverless vehicle anytime they need to go somewhere. People will then just be able to relax and enjoy the ride, rather than having to participate in any way.
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