Amid three South Florida crashes, revolutionary Tesla remains a work in progress

We are all Tesla‘s beta testers.

Several of Tesla’s vaunted automated navigation features are labeled on its cars’ touchscreens and owner’s manuals as being in “beta” phase, including “Autosteer” “Navigate on Autopilot,” and “Traffic Aware Cruise Control.”

In other words, Tesla — the focus of three deadly crashes in South Florida — remains a work in progress.

Despite their premium pricing, the speedy, high-tech cars are a hot commodity and growing rapidly within their home state of California and beyond. Sales tripled in Florida and nearly quadrupled in the U.S. between 2017 and 2018 as the company introduced more affordable models and ramped up production.

Even as its appeal grows in Florida, Tesla’s market share here is still minuscule.