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How Automation is Dumbing Us Down

Automation can also hijack our attention and willpower

Friday morning last week at 3:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol spotted a Tesla Model 3 driving at 70 miles an hour down the freeway, with the drunk driver unconscious behind the wheel.

Even with an unconscious driver, the car stayed in its lane and maintained its speed, driving in Tesla’s famous “autopilot” mode.

To address the problem, the alert patrol officers were able to position one of their own vehicles in front of the Tesla and one behind it. Then they slowed their patrol cars down gradually, which caused the autopilot program to reduce its own speed, steadily down until the car finally came to a stop, still in the same highway lane. At which point the driver was awakened and issued a summons. (I bet he was surprised!)

Please select this link to read the complete blog post from LinkedIn.

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