Two lawmakers are working to loosen up state restrictions on self-driving technology in Florida.
Representative Jason Fischer introduced a new bill that would allow self-driving cars to roam Florida streets with no human safety driver, according to South Florida Sun Sentinel.
This is not the first time a lawmaker introduced a same legislation, it can be recalled that Senator Jeff Brandes, pushed same measure, is once again planning to file same bill in the Senate.
These politicians might be confident that true self-driving vehicles are ready for primetime, but that optimism doesn’t match the reality of the situation.
Fischer told the Sun Sentinel that the bill is intended to cement Florida’s reputation as a leader in autonomous vehicle testing.
He claims that his proposed legislation will allow self-driving car companies like Waymo and Uber to further develop technology without restrictive regulations — even letting a rider in the driver’s seat watch TV while the car navigated itself.
But not everyone is excited about that prospect. During past attempts to lessen these regulations, many were concerned about whether or not the cars could be trusted to operate safely on their own.
“You have this technology that is being unleashed on the world prior to it really being ready,” liability and injury lawyer Joshua Chilson said in a separate interview.
“It’s obviously not advanced to the point where it’s capable of responding to real-life scenarios, like the one that happened in Tempe.”
As of writing, Waymo One is the only commercial ride-hailing service for autonomous vehicles, and every car still has a human sitting in the driver’s seat, even though some experiments go without a safety driver.