In March, on a Florida highway, the 50 -year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then made his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report liberated this week. Times last-minute, his automobile conflicted with a semitrailer. The move died, and now Autopilot faces new scrutiny. That’s the worst kind of collision.
Other sorts are also bad, even though they are they don’t kill you. Just a few weeks ago, the Middle for Disease Control reported that the majority of scooter-share equestrians who ended up in Austin hospitals during a study period last-place transgression were first-time riders–and that the majority had hurt their heads. This week, our Gear team wonders: Is this an argument for buying your own scooter?
Others are more symbolic. This springtime, Uber, Lyft, and other companionships that are now in the scooter-share businesses have been engaged in a hushed struggle with the city of Los Angeles over scooter data and privacy. The friction might end up determining how local government think about data, we copied this week.
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