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Many Companies are introducing autonomous cars because these cars are the future. However, the main problem is the restrictions imposed on these cars, to avoid accidents. However, this isn’t the case in Florida. Florida state law doesn’t require driverless cars to have a human driver behind the wheel for safety. The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis recently passed a bill, which establishes the terms and conditions for driverless cars. According to the bill, it is the responsibility of the companies to make the car tech-friendly to avoid accidents.

Before Florida, Michigan and Texas allowed driverless cars to be tested. A startup is already testing driverless cars. Its name is Starsky Robotics, and it will test around 25 driverless trucks by 2020. Starsky completed these tests on a rural road in Feb 2018. Now, it is testing three driverless cars on Florida roads.

“After passing this bill, Florida will have open doors for driverless car companies. I encourage all self-driving car companies to come to Florida,” said DeSantis, while signing the legislation, “We have taken this step to ensure a smarter and brighter future in transportation. There will also be a revolution in the state as there will be many high-paying jobs. The roads will also become quite safe.”

After July 1st, tech companies and other automakers will develop visible and audible systems, which will tell humans about system failure. Once alerted, the person needs to develop proper safeguards to decrease the risks for accidents. For example, the owner needs to stop the car and activate safety mechanisms. Driverless vehicle owners also need to inform the authorities at once, in case of accidents. They can also make a system in the car, which automatically reports such incidents.

Obviously, the driverless car owners don’t need to follow the Florida law of avoiding the use of cell phone and other tech equipment. Still, they will need to fulfill the insurance requirements of the state. The insurance is $30,000 combined with bodily and other damage to vehicles that weigh over 4000 pounds (1.81 t). There is also an insurance of $1 million for bodily injuries, death and property damage to vehicles.

Companies will be free to test the cars without any certification. Florida has now officially become one of the 29 states in the U.S. that permits autonomous cars. The other states include California, Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, North Dakota, North Carolina, Nebraska, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Texas, Utah, Washington, Nevada, and Wisconsin.

This bill for driverless cars is a blessing for Florida. Jason Fischer, a member of the Florida House of Representative, states, “In Florida, this is the biggest innovation in transportation. This bill will make this state a smart state. It will also boost our economy and improve overall road safety.”

Last year, President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill. The bill specified $100 for testing the feasibility and safety of driverless cars. In the third quarter of 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) gave the third recital for the guidelines of development and safety of driverless cars. It is called “Automated Vehicles 3.0”. Here, there are regulators for new safety standards for accommodating driverless vehicles. There are also certain safety standards, which human drivers have to follow when they are present in the car.

The U.S. DOT secretary said this week that around 80 companies are testing 1400 driverless cars in 36 states. California was the first one to allow driverless vehicles in the U.S. It has around 60 driverless car registered companies. On the other hand, Pittsburgh has only five registered companies.

According to the estimates by Marketing Firm ABI, there will be around 8 million driverless cars by 2020. This number will increase to 20 million at the end of 2030.