"Self-driving" van actually driven by human disguised as auto seat

Driverless van in Arlington Virginia

Tuss went to the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington on Monday to chat with ARLnow.com author Scott Brodbeck about the vehicle he saw in Clarendon and Courthouse on Thursday night.

A human is usually required to oversee the testing phase in order to ensure that the vehicle doesn't cause an accident, but it seemed that whoever was responsible succeeded in finding a loophole. It also garnered a lot of attention as it's not every day that see you a vehicle being driven without a driver.

In a Twitter video that has been retweeted more than 1,400 times, Tuss can be heard yelling at the van: "Brother, who are you?"

For anyone that's always travelling between their home, office, storage unit, art studio, or any other location that's behind a locked door, you probably have more keys than you know what to do with.

But upon further inspection, he noticed something odd: the car's driver seat had human arms and legs. His face was completely covered, like that of a sports mascot who can see out, but no one can see in.

It turns out the van was being driven by a guy wearing a auto seat costume.

It's still unclear exactly why the man made a decision to go to such great lengths to pull off his driverless vehicle prank, but it most definitely worked.

The unidentified driver and the van are part of a study the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is conducting on automated vehicles. And the disguise was part of the research.

"These researchers spent so much time camouflaging him in this vehicle because what they were really trying to do is see how the public reacted to a auto that had no driver", Tuss said.

When he recovered from his initial shock, Tuss did what any good reporter would do - he grilled the man. I'm with the news, dude'. "How's that possible? Your brain can't get around it for a second".

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