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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

What will we do with all of the parking podiums?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Adapt & Reuse. Office building space?

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Stop being such a buzzkill.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Prometheus
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Shore…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Power…

Anonymous
2 years ago

“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
2 years ago

More self driving cars does equal safer roads.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

FuThSh
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

Yes!

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Prometheus
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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.