YOU’RE LYING ON your stomach, with your arms draped forwards, almost like you’re going to get a shoulder massage. Except this is not a moment for relaxation. Through a VR headset, you see flashes of color, an unfamiliar view of the world, a group of red lines that looks something like a person.
And now you have to make a decision, because you’re rolling forward, head first, and your right hand is wrapped around the joystick that determines which way you’re going. Do you continue forward, and risk hitting that blob that might be a human being? Or instead swerve to the side, into a patch of darkness, full of who knows what?
This is your taste of life as a self-driving car. It comes courtesy of engineers at Moovel Lab, a Stuttgart, Germany-based experimental arm of Daimler.