Ford, Virginia Tech reveal the secret of the ‘driverless’ van in Arlington in August

ARLINGTON (ABC7) — People in Arlington might remember doing a double take last month seeing what appeared to be a driverless car. But it turns out someone was behind the wheel in a very distinct and strange way.

Ford, which is partnering with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, posted a video on the study that took place.

You can see a man putting on a "seat suit" to conceal the driver and simulate a driverless car since the actual driverless car isn't quite ready for prime time.

The goal is to gauge how pedestrians, human drivers, and cyclists react to the lighting signals on the vehicle, which indicate when it is driving, slowing, or accelerating.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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