Category Archives: Florida

Florida Legalizes Fully Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Waymo Self-driving car
Source: Grendelkhan

Florida law now allows the testing of fully autonomous vehicles without a backup driver.

Since autonomous car tend to have trouble with bad weather–snow and sometimes rain–flat, sunny Florida would seem to be a natural testing grounds. Indeed, Ford is supposedly running or planning to run a test in Miami, although I haven’t heard of actual sightings yet. Then again, we have some of the craziest drivers in the US, which could be seen as a positive or negative, depending on what sort of torture test you want to give the AIs.

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Florida’s Political Fulcrum: the I-4 Corridor

Master Florida psephologist Steve Schale does a deep dive as to why the road to winning Florida is the I-4 corridor (that’s the Orlando to Tampa link in the middle of the state).  The rest of us, it seems, are fairly predictable. Another nugget: some of the swing vote in the I-4 area are transplantees from the mid-West. (Does that make it Biden country?)

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What Scares Floridians

Has poisonous scaly spines, belongs on the list.

Steve Schale, who usually writes informed wonky stuff about Florida politics, took a break to write about Things that scare Floridians, sort of ranked. Example:

Driving.    As my friend Tom Eldon says, Floridians drive as though they are a complete peace with God.  Others have suggested that turn signals here are a sign of weakness.  Florida interstates are kind of a bad combo of Mad Max, Survivor, and Seinfeld.   I’ve driven in some unique foreign places, and well, I’ll take most over I-4.   Add into it 100 million tourists a year, and yeah, Floridians know driving here is bad.

For my money, the whole list pretty much nails what it covers, but he left out lion fish and Portugese Man-of-wars, both of which at least ought to be on the ‘Tiny bit scared of’ list, and he exaggerates by about ten degrees Fahrenheit on the temperature thing.  We can handle 55 degrees in the Winter, no problem.

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Andrew Gillum Does the Daily Show

Trevor Noah interviews Andrew Gillum over lunch. (Noah had what Gillum called “a wimp plate”.)

It’s a 30-minute talk, and as is so often the case, the ‘comedy’ interviewers do more substance than you get on news TV.

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Sean Shaw Can Give a Great Speech

Sean Shaw is running for Attorney General of Florida.  I had the pleasure of hearing Sean Shaw give a terrific speech yesterday.

(Apologies to those who hate portrait-mode video.)

Sean Shaw’s father, by the way, was Florida Chief Justice Leander Shaw.

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2018 November Election Guide–Downballot Summary & Links

People usually have views on the top of the ticket, which this year ought to be seen as a referendum on Donald Trump; vote GOP if you like how he’s conducting his Presidency, vote straight Democratic if you do not.

It’s harder to get information about the electoral undercard. Here are some ballot suggestions, with voting line numbers, and links to posts explaining my reasons:

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