Ghost in the machine? These rental cars are driven by remote control

LOS ANGELES – To the casual observer, this electric rental car whizzing by looks like yet another test of a self-driving car. After all, no one’s behind the wheel. But actually, someone is driving the car – only they’re doing so from miles away. And that’s what makes this business model stand apart from the many other autonomous vehicle operations. The car is being driven remotely from a building where an operator uses cameras in the car to see where it’s going and can steer, brake and accelerate.

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