Autonomous Vehicle (Watch)

Autonomous Vehicle (Watch)

CS/HB 353 (Fischer) and CS/SB 712 (Brandes) would allow a person to operate an autonomous vehicle in autonomous mode on all roads in this state, without requiring the person to be physically present in the vehicle. The bill specifies that autonomous vehicles registered in Florida must meet federal applicable standards and regulations. 

In addition, the bills require autonomous vehicles to have a safety system to alert the driver when autonomous technology failure is detected while in autonomous mode. When the alert is given, the system must be capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete stop or allow the driver to regain control. The bills also specify requirements for reporting vehicle accidents. 

CS/HB 353 was amended in Committee to preempt a municipality from imposing any tax or fee on autonomous technology, autonomous vehicles or a person who operates an autonomous vehicle. (Branch)