Starting July 1, it will be legal for fully autonomous vehicles without even a safety driver present to circulate on public roads in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis put his signature on the new law that is intended to attract self-driving-vehicle makers to the state and make it competitive with Arizona, California, and Nevada, which has autonomous test fleets that Florida wants to compete with.

It states: “The bill authorizes operation of a fully autonomous vehicle on Florida roads regardless of whether a human operator is physically present in the vehicle.” The governor signed the bill at the SunTrax high-speed autonomous-vehicle testing facility, currently under construction in central Florida.

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