TO THE EDITOR:
Keith Crain's comment about the testing of self-driving cars is well-taken ("Keep self-driving tests off public roads," Feb. 20). However, until the testing can be done with all the complexities and hazards of actual roads, the cars cannot be considered safe enough for the public to allow them on the streets.
The bigger issue is why we are rushing headlong into this automated driving process. I fear this is just another step down the path of dumbing down the American public. It seems that all that many people want to do anymore is play with their devices 24/7.
A recent news story said that people worldwide now watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube every day! One wonders how many of these hours might have been used productively in past years. I guess our cars may just become video-screening rooms for more and more cat videos.
DAVE CARLSON, Farmington, Conn.