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Another viewpoint suggests the Tesla software, which mistook the white side of a tractor-trailer truck as sky, might also have value as a weapon to trick semi-autonomous robots used during war:

"For all the talk of a 'robot-readable world,' in other words, it is interesting to consider a world made deliberately illegible to robots, with materials used for throwing off 3D cameras or LiDAR, either through excess reflectivity or unexpected light-absorption."

Robot War And The Future of Perception Deception
http://www.bldgblog.com/2016/07/robot-war-and-the-future-of-perceptual-deception/

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From Consumer Reports:

"Consumer Reports experts believe that these two messages—your vehicle can drive itself, but you may need to take over the controls at a moment’s notice—create potential for driver confusion. It also increases the possibility that drivers using Autopilot may not be engaged enough to to react quickly to emergency situations. Many automakers are introducing this type of semi-autonomous technology into their vehicles at a rapid pace, but Tesla has been uniquely aggressive in its deployment. It is the only manufacturer that allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel for significant periods of time, and the fatal crash has brought the potential risks into sharp relief."

And:

"By marketing their feature as ‘Autopilot,’ Tesla gives consumers a false sense of security," says Laura MacCleery, vice president of consumer policy and mobilization for Consumer Reports. "In the long run, advanced active safety technologies in vehicles could make our roads safer. But today, we're deeply concerned that consumers are being sold a pile of promises about unproven technology. 'Autopilot' can't actually drive the car, yet it allows consumers to have their hands off the steering wheel for minutes at a time. Tesla should disable automatic steering in its cars until it updates the program to verify that the driver's hands are on the wheel... “Consumers should never be guinea pigs for vehicle safety 'beta' programs...”

http://www.consumerreports.org/tesla/tesla-autopilot-too-much-autonomy-too-soon/

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