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Autonomous vehicles could soon drive in Florida without human backup drivers

Uber, Lyft could deploy fleets of driverless vehicles
Posted at 7:59 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 09:45:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Self-driving vehicles could be operated in Florida without a human on board under a bill going to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill with no debate Wednesday, a move that could pave the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to deploy fleets of driverless vehicles.

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The measure also sets up insurance parameters for on-demand ride companies that use self-driving cars.

The House unanimously passed the measure last week. The measure updates current law that allows self-driving vehicles if a person is in the car as a backup. House sponsor Rep. Jason Fischer has said he wants Florida to be a leader in allowing the new technology on state roadways.