A new state law aims to make Florida a leader in self-driving cars. It sets out rules for the day when the vehicles are widely available. It also allows testing of those cars without a backup driver.
“Most of the rules regulating drivers do take place at the state level. There’s really not a national role for that,” said the Brookings Institution’s Darrell West. While the federal government has issued safety standards for driverless cars, West says states are taking the lead on regulating how they operate.
Nevada was the first to adopt regulations in 2011. Nearly two dozen states have followed suit.