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Self-Driving Cars Are Smart, But Car Washes Stump Them

From Futurism “You might expect that a clunky, decades-old, Wash-o-Matic would be no match for a new self-driving car straight off the assembly line from, say, Tesla. But as it turns out, autonomous vehicles — which rely on external sensors to navigate — can quite easily be “blinded” before they even make it through the pre-soak. Soap residue or water smears left on the sensors could mean the car can’t navigate properly after its foray in the car wash. Or worse, the heavy cleaning brushes that car washes typically use could even dislodge the sensors entirely.”

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