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Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver
Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver

"Florida man" headlines may be a thing of the past when it comes to cars. The Sunshine State will become home to the nation's least stringent autonomous car legislation come July 1. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation into law last Thursday that does not require a self-driving test car to have...Read More»

GM Cruise AV self-driving car
Florida could legalize fully self-driving cars

Florida may be the next state to make self-driving cars without a backup driver legal on its roads. Senate Bill 932 lays out a path to autonomous car legalization in the Sunshine State. Notably, the cars would not require a human driver behind the wheel, something currently not allowed in most...Read More»

Pedestrian walking
Florida ranked most dangerous state for pedestrians

Pedestrians walking in populous areas of Florida are more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle than in any other state. A new study found Florida is the most dangerous place for walking in the U.S., with several Sunshine State cities ranked in the top 20 areas for pedestrian deaths. The...Read More»

Second-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicle
Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet

Del Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based...Read More»

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Florida dealer sues another for selling cars with recalled Takata airbags

The long, sad saga of Takata and its fatally flawed airbags recently took a strange turn in Florida, which has been known to corner the market on strange news. It involves West Palm Beach used car dealer Earl Stewart, who's decided to sue a competing dealership called Arrigo Enterprises--not...Read More»

2007 BMW 335i and 2015 Fiat 500e electric car in driveway, May 2015  [photo: Chris Baccus]
Fines For Backing Into Your Driveway: Public Safety Issue Or Violation Of Privacy?

Like 18 other states, Florida only requires cars to carry one license plate, mounted at the rear of the vehicle. That probably helps to trim expenses at Florida's DMV, but it also means that when a motorist backs into her driveway, law enforcement officials can't read her car's plate. The City of...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
Tiny Florida Town's Pursuit Of Speeders May Get It Wiped Off The Map

No one likes a speed trap, except maybe law enforcement agents. But according to the New York Times, one tiny town's ticketing streak has been so outrageous, so brazen, that it's infuriated even the county sheriff. As a result, the whole town could be obliterated -- literally. It will not surprise...Read More»

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In Tampa, Florida, Validity Of DUI Arrests Called Into Question

Police officers don't have it easy. Many risk their lives every day. Few get paid what they're worth. And much of the public eyes them with suspicion, as if the police are the bad guys instead of the guys hired to catch the bad guys. Reports of police corruption don't make things any easier. A...Read More»

Snail crossing the road [by Flickr user schristia]
Florida Does Something Un-Crazy, Tickets Slowpoke Drivers

Let's face it: Florida is a little eccentric. Not crazy eccentric, like your loose-cannon uncle who makes everyone cringe when he opens his mouth at Thanksgiving dinner. No, Florida is like your amusingly eccentric third cousin who throws big, elaborate birthday parties for her pet iguana. (Except...Read More»

Cameras
Florida Shortens Yellow Lights, Red-Light Camera Tickets Surge

Do you live in Florida? Have you received a ticket from a red-light camera lately? There may be a reason for that: according to Tampa's CBS affiliate WTSP, the state recently shortened the legal length for yellow lights. That's caused a surge in red-light citations -- and proved beneficial for...Read More»

Greetings from Florida
Florida Requires Canadians To Have International License (UPDATE: No, It Doesn't)

Canadians heading to Florida for a break from the Great White North can breathe a bit easier: Florida says that a new law requiring international driving permits for America's northern neighbors won't be enforced -- at least not for now. Confused? You should be. Millions of people from around the...Read More»

Long gas lines in Summit NJ in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Should Gas Stations Have Backup Power For Pumps? Some Say No

In the areas of the U.S. affected by Hurricane Sandy, lines for gasoline have been long. The problem isn't really one of supply; rather, it seems to be one of electricity. After all, if there's no power, there's no way to run the pumps. Several elected officials have proposed a legislative solution...Read More»

Attack ad against Jeff Brandes from the Committee to Protect Florida
Florida Attack Ad Uses 'Driverless Cars' To Scare Elderly Voters

'Tis the season for many things: late-summer road trips. Back-to-school shopping. And of course, iffy political attack ads. By now, we'd expected to see a number of commercials criticizing incumbents' support of the Detroit bailout begun by President Bush and continued under President Obama. But in...Read More»

Police car with headlights on
Florida Judge Says Flashing Headlights Is Free Speech: Discuss

When someone flashes his headlights at you, it usually means one of two things: (a) you forgot to turn on your own headlights, or (b) there's a speed trap around the next curve. There's no arguing that the first of those warnings is important for safety reasons. Driving at dusk without headlights...Read More»

2005 GMC Yukon Denali used by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Tampa Mayor's Yukon Denali Was Once A Pimpmobile (Allegedly)

When Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as mayor of Tampa, Florida last April, he nobly decided to pick his city vehicle from the police department's forfeiture fleet. Unfortunately, most of the rides on the lot were luxury class, and given the state of the economy, the new mayor wanted to project a more...Read More»

Car accident
Change In Florida Law May Reduce Lawsuits Against Automakers

Let’s say you were speeding behind the wheel of an old Chevy Blazer with bald tires and worn brakes in the rain. Rounding a curve, you leave the road and strike a tree, resulting in permanent injuries. Under previously existing Florida law, you could sue General Motors for producing a...Read More»

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