People keep making this argument about the analogy between Tesla's feature and the autopilot feature of airplanes, but how many normal people know an airplane's autopilot works?
That doesn't matter. The car specifically tells you to pay attention. So even if your perception was "The one time I flew, I didn't see a pilot or hear an announcement." You are still told that you have to maintain control of your car. Warning label argument still applies.
It's a pointless comparison unless it's a widely known fact among the general public, which I'd argue it is not.
But the general public doesn't matter. Its the segment of the public that can afford $80,000 on a car. I'd make the argument they tend to fly quite a bit and notice the $150,000/year employee the airlines keep on staff who sit at the front.
I'll bet most people have the same mis-impression of an airline's autopilot feature.
They have that warning label again, and anyone who has purchased one of these vehicles knows pretty fast the features and limits of its "autopilot".
Even so, I think we're just in a collective learning curve regarding semi-autonomous vehicles. Eventually, the cars will become fully autonomous anyhow, so I'm not terrible concerned. The fact that collisions are down by 40% validates what many of us long believed, which is that computers are going to be much safer drivers than humans. And this is just a very early and flawed first iteration of the technology to come.
Here I absolutely agree with you, 100%.
The trouble with money is it costs too much!