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Why Tesla's 'Beta Testing' Puts the Public at Risk

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Why Tesla's 'Beta Testing' Puts the Public at Risk

There's nothing innocuous about the beta tests being run by Elon Musk and Tesla. He has turned American streets into a public laboratory for the company's supposed self-driving car technology.

Self-driving vehicles hold tremendous promise to improve traffic safety. Humans are surprisingly bad at driving. But the technology isn't there yet. Putting it on the road before it is ready risks not only lives now but also swift public acceptance of the technology down the road when it is ready.

If Tesla wants to run beta tests with human guinea pigs, it should do so on a closed track. We'd all feel safer.

From The New York Times
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