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Published on July 25th, 2019 | by Jesper Berggreen

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Look Mom, No Hands! Irresponsible Motorbiker Caught On My TeslaCam

July 25th, 2019 by  


Today my Model 3 was minding its own business cruising along quietly, and making its occupant feel rather safe and comfortable by steering automatically and keeping proper distance to other vehicles, when this happened:

I mean, come on! “Autosteer” on a motorbike? This is what we are up against? No wonder it takes so long for any full self-driving system to work, when you are dealing with raving lunatics like this on the roads. Thank God this person made it through this time. Imagine the carnage and trauma he could have caused. Well, if he keeps this up, it is of course just a matter of time before he has to take responsibility for life lost, most likely his own.

I have long been an advocate for full self-driving, and since I work at the local institute of forensic medicine, I can’t help looking at this statistically. I know that robocars will fail once in a while, and those accidents will be bizarre and create headlines, but we must acknowledge that human error is the cause of the vast majority of traffic fatalities in the world today, and some will obviously never learn.

Can’t wait to hand over full control (and liability) to the Tesla artificial mastermind of full self driving. Until then, please drive carefully! 
 





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About the Author

Jesper had his perspective on the world expanded vastly after having attended primary school in rural Africa in the early 1980s. And while educated a computer programmer and laboratory technician, working with computers and lab-robots at the institute of forensic medicine in Aarhus, Denmark, he never forgets what life is like having nothing. Thus it became obvious for him that technological advancement is necessary for the prosperity of all humankind, sharing this one vessel we call planet earth. However, technology has to be smart, clean, sustainable, widely accessible, and democratic in order to change the world for the better. Writing about clean energy, electric transportation, energy poverty, and related issues, he gets the message through to anyone who wants to know better. Jesper is founder of Lifelike.dk.



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