I was Toyota’s autonomous drive test dummy, and I am alive to write this

Weapons free

Car, you are on your own

The car beeps as we go through a toll-gate in Ariake, an artificial island town in Tokyo. Cars usually beep when going through toll gates in Japan, they yelp as inordinate amounts of money are deducted from your account. This time, a screen pronounces “ready.” The driver next to me pushes a little button on the steering wheel, and he does what we were told never to do: he takes his hands off the wheel. The car is steered by a robot, I am autonomously driven. The hands will not return until we are through another toll-gate, and down the off-ramp.

[Continue Reading]