Fla. governor signs bill allowing AVs with no human operator

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Thursday that removes many restrictions on the testing and development of self-driving vehicles in the state.

Under the law, which takes effect July 1, a fully autonomous vehicle meeting all insurance requirements may operate without a human occupant or operator. It also exempts occupants of self-driving vehicles from laws against texting and other distractions.

“Signing this legislation paves the way for Florida to continue as a national leader in transportation innovation and technological advancement,” DeSantis said in a statement.

DeSantis signed House Bill 311 at the SunTrax transportation center between Tampa and Orlando, which is used to test autonomous vehicles.

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