Self Driving Cars Approved By Florida Legislators, Could Drastically Improve Your Commute

Your drive in Miami could soon become much safer, faster and cheaper thanks to newly passed legislation.

Florida legislators sent a bill to governor Ron DeSantis earlier this month legalizing self driving cars, including on demand ride sharing such as Uber.

Uber issued a press release thanking lawmakers for their action. The company hired multiple lobbyists.

Car crashes kill over 40,000 people every year in the U.S.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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CDub

Fleets of self driving cars offering “pool” services will be the future of all transit and actually take cars off the road and massively improve efficiency. Most importantly, we will need far far less parking.

Anonymous

What will we do with all of the parking podiums?

Anonymous

Adapt & Reuse. Office building space?

Anonymous

Tony Seba and Jeremy Rifkin have great youtube presentations and books on exactly this subject. Florida is ideal to be the leader in this respect due to our climate/weather (like Arizona). This post is odd though, there doesn’t seem to be any news on this from the May 2nd passing in the House.

Anonymous

Tony Seba had a keynote presentation about this at an ABB conference I was at in Houston recently. Certainly worth watching and finding on YouTube.

Anonymous

A child darts in front of a SDC. Will it slam on the brakes knowing it can’t stop in time, swerve into the next lane and get hit, or jump the curb and hit a light pole? An algorithm is going to have to handle that and 1000’s of other Miami crazy traffic situations.
Will the driver be expected to intervene ever? If yes then still no texting while driving.
What if the SDC is at fault in a collision? Is it the vehicle owner’s or manufacturer’s insurance that pays?
Lots to still work out.

Anonymous

Stop being such a buzzkill.

Anonymous

Yes, we are only at level 4 autonomy, but level 5 is coming.

Anonymous

Thats a morality question that most people voted to have the car save the rider rather then people on the road, MIT is conducting this research with a helpful test online (http://moralmachine.mit.edu/)

Suomynona

A child darts in front of a SDC. Will it slam on the brakes knowing it can’t stop in time, swerve into the next lane and get hit, or jump the curb and hit a light pole? A driver already has to handle that and 1000’s of other Miami crazy traffic situations.

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And many times humans make very poor decisions in those situations.

If self driving vehicles are safer than him and that’s literally all the matters.

Anonymous

No amount of A.I. can account for the type of stupidity many drivers in Miami exhibit.

Prometheus

That’s why all cars should be self driving. And networked to communicate with each other.

Anonymous

You are correct, I give it between 75 to 100 years before it is completely perfected, so sadly most of us won’t see it.

Anonymous

Shore…

Anonymous

Power…

Anonymous

“Your drive in Miami could soon become much safer, faster and cheaper thanks to newly passed legislation”

Was TNM also hired by Uber to Lobby for this?

Any attempt at improving public trans. in Miami would quickly overshadow this Dumb statement.
more cars does not equal safer roads…

Anonymous

More self driving cars does equal safer roads.

Anonymous

Self driving/autonomous vehicles will get here far before Miami does any real improvement to public transportation. There has been a study by Zip Car that has shown this transition has the potential to eliminate 14 out of every 15 vehicles on the road.

Anonymous

Wonderful! Now I can text with both hands while I’m on my daily commute.

Anonymous

Just do it anyway like everyone in Miami-Dade already does without an autonomous car. Why do you think there are so many crashes and why no one goes anymore with the light turns green?

Anonymous

In Miami these driverless cars may not be a good idea — very selfish people driving here

Anonymous

There is already a fleet of Ford self driving cars that have been driving around for downtown miami for the last year

Anonymous

Question:
How many people can fit in a car at a time 10, 200, 600, or 4 max?
These morons would do what ever it takes to avoid to invest in a reliable mass transportation system.

Anonymous

I have no interest being a passenger in a driverless car.

Anonymous

“I’ll never go in the sky in one of them crazy metal birds” – someone from the 1930s probably.

Anonymous

That is because you are old, but your kids, they are going to love it 🙂

Anonymous

We need less cars and a better public transportation, not more cars. SMH

FuThSh

We’ve spent the last hundred years thinking cars would solve our transportation woes, finding out over and over again that they don’t. But yeah, I’m sure THIS time it will be different. Even though there’s already proven solutions.

Anonymous

Cars have done a pretty good job for many decades now. Maybe self driving and pools are the next step. The technology has a ways to go though, but commuting in Miami will only benefit when its drivers are retired.

Anonymous

It will not make a difference with congestion issues. Driver or driverless, it is still another car on congested roads, worse yet, one without an active driver! Would you really carpool in a car on I-95 in Miami or anywhere else without an active driver?

Anonymous

Yes!

Anonymous

The transition to EV/Antonymous cars is forecast to dramatically reduce vehicles, not add to them.

Prometheus

In an urban environment, they’ll be best-suited to solving the first/last mile problem. Getting to and from the train station.

Anonymous

Public transportation has been the only efficient solution for congested cities for hundreds of years. cars are amazing and the streets are always going to be congested in a big city even with excellent public transportation, but for commuters and tourists, public transportation (trains specially) is the only reliable solution. It is safe, fast and no congestion in traffic. as simple as that.