Strictly speaking Autopilot does not turn the Model S into an autonomous vehicle, like Google's self-driving car, but the technology should remind us that our region's roadways might soon be filled with cars like this in the not too distant future. In March, the Maryland Senate rejected a bill to create a task force to study issues related to self-driving vehicles. The bill would have required a written report to be submitted to the General Assembly and the governor by 2017. The Senate's move was a classic case of policy and law being outpaced by technology. It was also a mistake. By killing the bill, the state legislature turned its back on the fact that while self-driving cars could have obvious benefits, like increasing safety, reducing accidents, and boosting economic efficiency, they, like Tesla's Autopilot, also pose ethical questions.