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Man drives van while dressed as a car seat

Posted on Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

The van appeared to have no driver at all. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Travelarz
A van in Arlington made headlines recently when witnesses noticed that there was nobody driving it.
Initially believed to be an autonomous vehicle, the unmarked Ford Transit ended up being featured on NBC News after two hands were spotted sticking out of the driver's seat.

"I looked out and I said, 'Oh my God, there's a guy in a seat costume'," said reporter Adam Tuss. "How's that possible? Your brain can't get around it for a second."

As it turned out, the peculiar driving arrangement had been part of a study on driverless cars being conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

"The driver's seating area is configured to make the driver less visible within the vehicle, while still allowing him or her the ability to safely monitor and respond to surroundings," the Institute stated.

Source: NBC Chicago | Comments (7)

Tags: Arlington, Driverless

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 8 August, 2017, 12:24
If only we had more news like this one instead of wars and MSM bullstuff. Nice story.
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam on 8 August, 2017, 12:36
There was an advert a couple of years back with this carseat driver. But as it turns out, this one is because of this: Why would a car be driver-less.....i can understand lorries taking goods to depots etc, but a carwith no on in it...what is the point of that? As it happens this was NOT a driver-less car so their study is worthless. Personally i think it was a prank or another run for an advert. Safely? the driver went through a red light. how is that safe? .NO excuse for that, getting away from the media is not a valid reason. and why drive away, its not as if its a bigsecretthere i... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 8 August, 2017, 16:02
Kind of stole that idea from the last season of Sherlock didn't he?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 8 August, 2017, 17:04
It's all about self gratification and 25 minutes of fame.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Goodf3llow on 8 August, 2017, 17:13
Street Outlaws did it back in 2015 also..with a hearse.
Comment icon #6 Posted by BeastieRunner on 8 August, 2017, 19:55
Ahahaha! That's kinda awesome.
Comment icon #7 Posted by qxcontinuum on 11 August, 2017, 5:08
for sure was part of some sort of testing the public

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