PolitiFact Florida: No permit needed for driverless cars, Tampa Bay senator says
Uber hit the road with self-driving cars in San Francisco in December, but California regulators quickly hit the brakes.
In Florida, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, saw an opening for the Sunshine state.
"Hey @Uber, unlike California we in Florida welcome driverless cars - no permit required. #OpenForBusiness #FlaPol," Brandes tweeted Dec. 22.
Brandes, who has been advocating for laws to allow driverless cars, is correct that Florida does not require a permit to operate or test a driverless car. But that doesn’t mean people should expect to hitch an automated ride any time soon.