Governor Ron DeSantis and Autonomous Vehicles
In 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill to promote autonomous vehicles. Now that he has won his second term as governor, what will happen with efforts to promote driverless vehicles. The bill placed Florida at the forefront of efforts to creating safer roadways and less vehicle congestion. After the signing of this bill, Senator Jeff Brandes stated that the transportation industry would experience great innovation, and that Florida was leading the way in policies to promote the implementation of self-driving vehicles, as well as vehicle powered on electric energy. As a result, it was in 2019 that Governor DeSantis signed a bill to invest in transportation technologies, with aims to lower motor vehicle accidents in line with the era of smart cities. The signing of this Bill was held at in Polk County, at a facility considered an epicenter in terms of mobility solutions through the research and creation of technology and strategies to develop autonomous vehicles. “We here in Florida are pioneering the most exciting innovations in transportation,” said Representative Jason Fischer. “This bill on self-driving cars will usher in a new era of smart cities that will not only expand our economy but increase road safety and decrease traffic congestion.” Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation released the following statement: “I applaud the Governor for his continued commitment to invest in emerging transportation technologies,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault. “Autonomous vehicles are the way of the future and Florida is leading the charge through the research, testing and development of autonomous vehicles. And now with this bill signed into law by Governor DeSantis, Florida is ready to lead the nation with this innovative transportation advancement.”
Now that Florida voters have once again elected Ron DeSantis as their governor, it will be interesting to see how these initiatives move forward, and if driverless vehicles will be taking to Miami streets sooner than expected. In fact, Uber has launched its first driverless rideshare service vehicle, with much success. Autonomous vehicles will be tested at SunTrax’s highspeed facility, one of its kind in terms of test tracks for self-driving and fully automated cars. The Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Turnpike are onboard with the initiative to create advanced mobility solutions to reduce accidents and make driving more time and cost efficient for Florida motorists.