Autonomous Vehicles Coming to Florida
FLORIDA- Palmbeachpost.com writes that advocates of self-driving technology are saying that Florida is ripe for the introduction of driverless vehicles. The state's weather, popularity with tourists, and demographics are reportedly auspicious for driverless car companies.*
One expert says within five years, the vehicles will be part of a functioning service in the state.
In California, where many tech companies started developing the technology, companies can deploy their vehicles, but cannot charge fairs for rides. The regulations in California are considered overly burdensome and make it too difficult to run a profitable company with driverless vehicles.
Some predictions estimate that by 2040, between ten and fifteen percent of vehicles on the road will be autonomous.
One company running a startup in Pittsburgh says that it plans to have driverless vehicles on the road and charging fares by 2021. In Central Florida’s The Villages, a program started by Voyage Auto is planning to provide driverless transportation within the community. The vehicles will be available to all 125,000 residents.
Currently, most autonomous vehicles must have a safety driver, which means a human must be in the car ready to respond in the event of an emergency.
One ongoing concern is the issue of liability. Manufacturers wonder who will be at fault in the event an accident takes place with a driverless car.
The acceptance of autonomous vehicles among the population depends largely on demographics. Older people will likely benefit from the autonomy that can be gained from this option. Additionally, some elderly individuals expressed fear of taking Ubers or ride shares because they think the driver could victimize them. For these people, driverless cars might be an easy sell.
Among people in their 40s through their 60s, there is a tendency to want to maintain control and are less interested in driverless cars. Younger individuals tend to be more accepting of the technology and want to have transportation available without needing to wait.
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