Florida Ready to Let the Cars Drive Themselves

Humans are optional.

Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida – once they’re finally ready for prime time – under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis said he hopes to use the law to lure companies that test and build the cars. The measure, which takes effect July 1, also opens the door for on-demand ride companies such as Lyft and Uber to eventually deploy fleets of the vehicles in Florida. That does not mean, however, that such cars will appear on public streets around the state anytime soon. Self-driving vehicles without a human operator are largely still in the testing stage.

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