Autonomous vehicle. Children and parked cars are color-coded on a monitor inside a Mercedes-Benz S-Class automobile during the Daimler AG Tech Day autonomous driving and artificial intelligence (AI) demonstration on a town street in Immendingen, Germany, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg)

It was still dark on a Friday morning in November when a California Highway Patrol officer started following a Tesla Model S on Route 101 between the San Francisco International Airport and Palo Alto. The gray sedan was going 70 miles per hour with a turn signal blinking, cruising past multiple exits.

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