What Happens If a Self-Driving Car's Passenger Isn't a Passenger?

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Presumably someone at Google is making sure that the car knows its driver is actually a human, rather than a rock. Or a particularly large cat.

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abdalan
JohnThornton

My biggest concern for this is when it’s a bomb.

Hopefully we can find a way to resolve that issue in a way that allows the vehicles to operate unattended, because some of the greatest benefits will be in the form of driverless delivery vehicles. But if we can't we should insist on people accompanying them.