Florida Opens Its Roads to Driverless Vehicles

On June 13, Florida enacted legislation allowing cars without human drivers to begin operating on its roads. While Michigan and Texas also allow cars without human drivers to some degree, Florida has gone one step further, by prohibiting local regulations that differ from state law, essentially making all of Florida’s roads fair game for testing AVs.

While the law is not as specific as some would like (for instance, the term “sustained basis” is undefined, or how traffic violations work), it does help clarify some confusion over who is responsible in cases where an AV is involved in a crash. It also requires that fully autonomous vehicles have $1 million in primary liability insurance, as well as PIP and UM coverage as specified in Fla. S. §§ 627.730-627.7405 and § 627.727, respectively.