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Florida Matters: Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars – are they the road to the future or pie in the sky? This week on Florida Matters we’re talking about the promise and the perils of automated vehicles.

You may not have noticed, but Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car technology. The self-driving vehicle is quickly moving from the Jetsons to a road near you!

Our guests include:

  • State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg). Senator Brandes has introduced laws that have made Florida the most welcoming place for self-driving cars in the country.
  • Paul Steinman, District Seven Secretary with the Florida Department of Transportation. He represents five counties with nearly three million residents in the Tampa Bay Area.
  • Nidhi Kalra, senior information scientist with the RAND Corp. Kalra recently co-led a study on policy guidelines for autonomous vehicles.

Florida Matters’ Robin Sussingham also takes a trip to Florida Polytechnic University, where students are only a few weeks into a brand new class that teaches the basics of building an autonomous vehicle.

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.