But before we hand over the keys, we need to test the tech. In June 2018, I started as a "safety driver" at autonomous car company Drive.ai, riding behind the wheel of our passenger shuttles in Frisco, Texas. After driving the vehicle out into the field, I would press a button to engage autonomy. In the event I needed to take over, I didn't want to waste a second getting to the controls, so I would keep a hand on the steering wheel and hover a foot over the pedals, mimicking manual driving. They moved just as they would if I were using them—first-time passengers would peek up at me to see if I was touching anything.