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Auto-driving cars have been a hot topic of discussion for several years now, with many proponents hailing them as the future of transportation. However, recent incidents involving Tesla’s auto-driving feature have cast some doubt on the technology’s safety.

On February 8th, 2023, a driver in California was caught on video apparently asleep at the wheel of a Tesla vehicle that was traveling on a freeway. According to ABC7, the vehicle appeared to be in Autopilot mode, with the driver’s hands noticeably off the wheel.

This incident has raised concerns about the safety of auto-driving technology, and the level of trust that consumers can place in it. While Tesla’s Autopilot feature is designed to assist drivers, it is not a fully autonomous system and still requires drivers to pay attention and be prepared to take control at any moment.

Despite these concerns, Tesla and other companies in the auto-driving space continue to push forward with their plans to bring these vehicles to market. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been a vocal advocate for the technology, claiming that it has the potential to greatly reduce the number of car accidents caused by human error.

While it is true that auto-driving technology has the potential to make our roads safer, incidents like the one in California highlight the need for caution and continued development of the technology. Companies must ensure that their systems are thoroughly tested and reliable before putting them into widespread use.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 38,000 traffic deaths in the United States in 2019. While it is still too early to determine the impact that auto-driving technology will have on these numbers, it is clear that this technology has the potential to save lives and reduce the number of car accidents on our roads.

However, it is important to remember that auto-driving technology is still in its early stages and that there is much work to be done before it can be considered completely safe. Until then, it is up to drivers to use caution and be aware of the limitations of these systems.


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