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When wildfire smoke and ash fill the sky, here’s how self-driving cars can go awry

There has been a recent spate of deadly wildfires throughout the western parts of the country, especially hitting California, Oregon, and Washington. An estimated three million acres of California land alone has been burnt so far, woefully causing fatalities and at times producing extensive destruction to homes and forests. Most of the fires seemed to be set-off by the nearly 15,000 lightning strikes that had accompanied recent tropical storms, though some of the fires were initiated by human-led carelessness or untoward intentional acts.

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