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Autonomous vehicles could soon drive on, empty, in Florida

Photo taken on March 7, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows self-driving vehicles used for...
Photo taken on March 7, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, shows self-driving vehicles used for test drives conducted by Uber Technologies Inc. (Kyodo)<br />==Kyodo(WIBW)
Published: May. 2, 2019 at 10:27 AM CDT
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Self-driving vehicles could be operated in Florida without a human on board under a bill going to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill with no debate Wednesday, a move that could pave the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to deploy fleets of driverless vehicles.

The measure also sets up insurance parameters for on-demand ride companies that use self-driving cars.

The House unanimously passed the measure last week. The measure updates current law that allows self-driving vehicles if a person is in the car as a backup. House sponsor Rep. Jason Fischer has said he wants Florida to be a leader in allowing the new technology on state roadways.

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