Researchers Dress Up As Car Seats to Create the Illusion That Their Cars Are Completely Self-Driving

Dressing up as a Car Seat

In August, we wrote about a driver dressed up as a car seat in order to give the illusion of a driverless car. It was later discovered that the driver was part of an autonomous car program through the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. This very same program was profiled in a thoughtful Wired video essay.

A man dressed as a car seat to fool pedestrians and drivers into believing his van was driving itself. Yeah it’s hilarious, but it’s all in the name of autonomous vehicle research.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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