'Driverless van' actually piloted by man dressed as vehicle seat


From the road, the unmarked gray van eerily looks like it's moving without a driver.

Tuss finally caught up with the 2017 Ford Transit Connect and peered through its windows, only to find a person inside.

After multiple inquiries by News4, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute said Monday afternoon that the van and van driver are part of a study they are conducting on driverless cars. The Arlington Police Department was "stunned" by news of the van, one agent said.

A van that appeared to be operating without a driver garnered media attention in Arlington, Virginia, last week - but a closer look into the vehicle revealed something incredibly peculiar.

But the guy didn't comment and just sped off, reportedly running a red light.

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has launched a new effort to gauge real world reactions to driverless vehicles by disguising a human driver to look like a auto seat.

"Sibling, who are you?"

A "driverless" van has been making headlines in Arlington, Va., but it turns out a man was in the vehicle dressed as a auto seat as part of a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute experiment.

However, thanks to the sleuthing of NBC4's Adam Tuss, an answer to the mystery of the "driverless" grey van was found. What are you doing? The study's goal is to help show how to design true automated vehicles.

"The driver's seating range is created to make the driver less noticeable inside the vehicle, while as yet enabling him or her the capacity to securely screen and react to environment", an announcement from the establishment says. Arlington was chosen since "it is illustrative of the urban regions for which robotized vehicles are as of now being considered", she said. It also says Arlington County officials were consulted in planning the study.