“It is the first known fatality in more than 130 million miles driven with autopilot activated, Tesla said in a statement which also expressed condolences to the driver’s family.” As we get reports of a Tesla driver killed while using autopilot mode, the debate over the use of these technologies is sure to heat up. There doesn’t seem to be much doubt that self-driving cars will ultimately be safer than those driven by humans. But this case points to a couple of issues. First, how soon should we hand over the steering wheel? And second, can we come to terms with the idea of something like a software bug killing us?

Brian Fung: The technology behind the Tesla crash, explained.