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After Uber Crash, Florida Still Welcomes Free-Range Robot Cars

The anything-goes approach meant to bring autonomous vehicles to Florida won’t change after the first fatal collision.
The Sunshine State doesn’t feel any less sunny towards tests of autonomous vehicles after a deadly crash this week.

The Sunshine State doesn’t feel any less sunny towards tests of autonomous vehicles after a deadly crash this week.

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Florida has been trying to lure self-driving cars to the state for testing on public roads, shaping laws that are much more lax than places like California and New York. The fatal accident this week in Arizona, another state that’s opted for a laissez faire approach to unproven robo-cars, appears unlikely to change the state’s approach.

Jeff Brandes, the Florida state senator who has led the local effort to become a hotbed of autonomous vehicles, said in an interview this week he sees no reason to add tougher regulation to self-driving cars. Florida already allows carmakers and technology companies to run autonomous vehicles without a driver, and the companies aren’t required to report problems such as traffic accidents.