Impact of Florida’s Possible Consent on ‘Driverless’ Self-Driving Cars

A proposed law by Duval County state Rep. Jason Fischer aims to open up the roads of Florida for Autonomous Vehicles without the presence of Safety Drivers.

The bill, if passed, would make Florida the first State in the United States to allow Self-Driving Cars without human presence behind the wheels.

According to a report from the Sun-Sentinel, Jason Fischer is fully confident regarding the safety of Self-Driving Cars. He believes that Self-Driving Cars are much safer on the roads as compared to their Human Counterparts.

Fischer also believes that allowing more of Driverless Autonomous Vehicles will benefit Florida’s economy in the long run.

Now, this legislative bill, if passed, is going to create major ripples in the Self-Driving Segment as well. The impact on the approval of this law comes in multiple forms.
To sum up, this may prove beneficial to Florida as well as the entire Self-Driving Concept.

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Miami Freedom Tower, Florida | Source – Wiki

Florida, as a state will benefit economically with this move. Lineating the laws associated with the deployment of Self-Driving Cars will attract many Self-Driving Startups to deploy their tests vehicles on the streets of Florida.

Deployment of test cars is only the initial step. As more of Self-Driving Car companies starts moving their test tracks to Florida, there are chances that some of these companies might actually set up offices in or around Florida.

After setting up offices, the next possible step will be creating a network pool of brilliant people to work on their Self-Driving Technology. This is sure to create considerable employment opportunities for Florida’s brightest. People with expertise in Machine Learning, Artifical Intelligence, Robotics, and Applied Engineering will find this an ample opportunity for putting their talents to the test.

As mentioned earlier, apart from the benefits to Florida’s economy, this law if approved, will bring about major impacts to the Self-Driving Segment. However, for the Self-Driving Segment, this effect could turn out to be positive or negative.

A major section of the population is still skeptical regarding the safety associated with Self-Driving Cars. The recent attacks against Waymo’s Self-Driving Cars in Arizona are examples that prove people’s distrust in Self-Driving Cars.

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The Mercedez-Benz Cooperative Car | Source – Daimler

Self-Driving Car companies are currently working out a number of strategical steps to build confidence in the minds of the people regarding the safety of self-driving cars. One such example is the Cooperative Car concept from Mercedes-Benz that aims to synchronize the interaction between humans and Self-Driving Machines. There are also other initiatives such as Waymo One and Cruise-DoorDash Food Delivery Services that aims to take the Self-Driving Technology to the common people.

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s current population count stands at 21.3 Million. This number puts Florida in the third place after California and Texas, in the United States. Establishing the safety of Self-Driving Cars in a state of such high population density will definitely help bypass the skeptical mindset of the people.

This impact could go either way. If any of these driverless cars get into trouble with either the pedestrians or any other vehicles on the road, then the adverse effect is liable to take place. There is an equal probability that such undesirable circumstances might take down the trust associated with the safety of driverless cars.

However, the request to remove drivers behind the wheels of Autonomous Vehicles in Florida is still a proposal. Per the report from SunSentinel, A Senate Version of this proposal is expected to be filed by State Sen. Jeff Brandes. Post March 5, the proposal is expected to debate and revision.