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The dilemma here is that even if a system is "twice as safe as a human" and truly does eliminate almost half of accidents (or even 90% or 99.9%), you are still left with the other accidents that do actually happen, and who gets the blame for them? It likely falls on the shoulders of the car manufacturer. Or at least that is how the lawsuits and the medial will spin it. I wonder how Tesla is managing the potential liability with this. I hope they have figured out how to insure for it.

And by the way, the "fix" for not allowing drivers to use the system incorrectly is just to detect if their hands are on the steering wheel. Can't someone watch a movie with their hands on the wheel? How does that solve the problem? If Tesla really is responsible for babysitting drivers, they need something like eye-tracking technology.
 

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It is interesting that when the NTSB investigates aviation accidents, if an autopilot system fails, they still hold the pilot completely responsible for the accident (pilot should be able to handle equipment failures). The NTSB seems to have a completely different standard in this situation.

NTSB should have sent a very clear signal that drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles.
 
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