The FDOT has organized Working Groups comprised of stakeholders that may be impacted by and/or have an impact on the adoption of automated vehicles in Florida. More than sixty individuals representing state agencies, trade organizations, transportation consultants, insurance providers, automobile manufacturers, and others make up the 3 working groups (Policy, Transportation/Infrastructure, and Modal Applications). Each working group is tasked to identify challenges and opportunities associated with these technologies on public roadways and to discuss how the challenges could be mitigated and how to leverage the opportunities. The overarching goal of these working groups is to provide FDOT, and other state agencies, recommendations on how to address potential policy adoption or amendments, engineering and design standard changes, and infrastructure investment priorities.
Among the most complex issues regarding the deployment of automated vehicle technologies include insurance and liability, driver responsibility, the interaction between vehicle and operator, vehicle ownership patterns, and how this will affect needs in long-range transportation plans and other state and regional plans. The socioeconomic impacts that these technologies could potentially generate may significantly alter a very broad range of industries, including (but not limited to); health care, automobile manufacturers, auto collision repair centers, insurance providers, public transportation operators, freight operators, shared mobility providers, and transportation infrastructure providers. These very issues are being explored by the appropriate entities within Florida by participating in the Florida Automated Vehicle Stakeholder Working Groups.
The culmination of the Working Groups’ efforts over the past two years have resulted in three outstanding white papers detailing challenges and opportunities associated with these technologies on public roadways, discussing how the challenges could be mitigated, and how to leverage the opportunities. In addition to the white papers, the Working Groups conducted a session titled “Discussion with Thought Leaders” at the Third Annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit in 2015 to discuss their efforts culminating in the preparation of their respective white papers. We would like to thank all of the members, delegates, subject matter experts, participants and the leadership team of each Working Group for their dedication to the impact of automated vehicles in Florida.