Might want to keep your hand on the wheel in a Tesla

As you can see from my face, sitting behind the wheel of a Tesla with Autopilot is one part terror, one part exhilaration, and a thousand parts “how is this even happening?”

I got to ride down Interstate 70 in January with my hands completely off the wheel.

It was frightening how quickly I got used to sitting there passively in the driver’s seat while the car barrelled down the highway. You can watch my experience here and read the story here.

Now, Tesla’s Autopilot is under investigation due to a crash in Florida, which killed a Canton, Ohio, man.

Consumer Reports is weighing in, criticizing Tesla for calling the feature Autopilot and for the mixed messages: “Your vehicle can drive itself, but you may need to take over the controls at a moment’s notice.”

The magazine is calling on Tesla to turn off automatic steering and update the software to ensure that drivers have their hands on the wheel.

For Tesla’s part, the manual does recommend keeping your hands on the wheel.

The company’s response to Consumer Reports said that “130 million miles have been driven on Autopilot with one confirmed fatality.”

Although this technology is amazing, it is still in its infancy.

Until the investigations are complete, I would keep my hands on the wheel and my eyes on the road.

Another Ikea recall

Four children in the U.S. have been injured by faulty gates sold by Ikea.

Ikea is recalling the PATRULL, PATRULL FAST, AND PATRULL KLAMMA safety gates and safety gate extentions because they can open unexpectedly, posing a fall risk.

Just a few weeks ago, the company recalled 29 million dressers due to deadly tip-over accidents.

Customers can return the recalled gates to Ikea for a full refund.

Gotta catch ‘em all

I’ll admit it: I’m Pokemon GObsessed. I’m one of the Poke-zombies wandering streets staring at my phone, gathering Pokeballs and Rattatas. (Seriously, Rattatas EVERYWHERE.)

My family is hunting nearly every night. We’ve walked miles and miles.

The streets, parks, and random patches of grass are gathering spots. They always were, weren’t they? But now there are people there.

People of all ages on their phones, yes, but they are also exchanging smiles, a knowing nod, a “did you get anything good.” A shout of “Team Mystic!” will gets a “whoo!” from the other end of the street.

The game is a game-changer.

On average, players are spending almost two more hours outside per day than they were previously, according to a survey from Qualtrics.

Experts say the outdoor activity is great, but warn of too much of a fun thing.

Everything in Pokemoderation.

Rachel Murray is a WHIO-TV consumer reporter. You can watch her reports on News Center 7, follow her on Twitter @RMurrayWHIO, and like her fan page on Facebook.

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