Earlier, Brandes sponsored HB 1207, a bill which would legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state. That is much the same as the law which has been enacted in Nevada.
The “Vehicles with Autonomous Technology” bill is still pending before the Florida legislature.
The election process isn't standing still, though, and neither is Frische.
In the type of ad we are seeing in the presidential election as well, mainly on the Republican side, Frische has attacked Brandes with falsehoods and half-truths (and those are half-truths only if you stretch ... the truth).
The ad shows an empty (completely empty) Prius speeding around a neighborhood, nearly taking out Grandma who is using a walker, no less. The implication is clear: Granny better watch out for these driverless vehicles.
In addition, Google's autonomous cars are never empty. There is always a backup driver and / or passenger involved. The idea is - eventually - for these autonomous cars to carry passengers to and from their destinations, safely, not tool around empty like cars and trucks out of the Stephen King horror film "Maximum Overdrive."
As far as safety goes, Bryant Walker Smith, a legal fellow with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University in California where he studies driverless car technology said the following:
"Ironically, these technologies have the potential, in the long term, to increase mobility, access, and opportunity for the elderly and disabled."
Watch the attack ad for yourself, embedded.