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Florida Authorizes Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

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July 2, 2021—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday a bill that allows low-speed autonomous delivery vehicles to operate within the state.

The law went into effect Thursday and follow federal operating guidelines, according to Florida Politics. Under those guidelines, vehicles can only move at speeds upward of 35 mph and can only operate on roads with speed limits of 45 mph or lower. The law also requires a minimum of a $1 million insurance policy, which is the same for other AVs.

The bill is the latest in a series of moves made by the state to incentivize the development of driverless vehicles. In 2019, DeSantis signed a law that removed obstacles to testing AVs, and as part of a federally sponsored program, the Florida Department of Transportation is developing the nation's first state-owned AV testing facility. 

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