This is what a fully autonomous taxi looks and sounds like: ‘Absolutely not’

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TikToker Sophia Lovasz (@sosobombs) recorded her ride in a fully autonomous taxi, and it had TikTokers freaking out.

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Lovasz is a TikToker from Arizona who has been testing out the region’s new fully autonomous taxi service and sharing her experiences on TikTok. In a recent video, Lovasz recorded her ride in an autonomous taxi and revealed exactly what happens when you hail a driverless cab.

The video begins with a shot of the back seat of the autonomous taxi. A touch screen hangs from the front passenger seat, and beneath it are several informational pamphlets tucked into a seat pocket.

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“This is what it sounds like to start a fully autonomous taxi ride,” Lovasz writes in a caption.

“Good afternoon, Sophia,” the touch screen reads, flashing the address of Lovasz’s destination. The car engine rumbles quietly in the background as Lovasz reaches out and presses a button that reads, “Start ride.”

Almost instantaneously, the car springs into action. The sound of the locks clicking into place can be heard, and then the steering wheel begins to turn.

“Heading to 99 Ranch Market,” says the voice of the car’s navigation system. “Please make sure your seatbelt is fastened.”

The car begins to accelerate, and Lovasz is off! The wheel turns on its own, and the driver’s seat is totally empty. The car then slowly navigates a parking lot, turning down different aisles and waiting for other cars to pass.

The wheel turns deftly as the car drives through the lot and makes sharp turns with impressive precision. The video ends as the car approaches the exit to the parking lot and begins to inch out onto the street.

Mixed reactions from TikTokers

Some viewers were excited about the futuristic car, while others had reservations.

“No, no, no, no, no, absolutely not,” one viewer wrote.

“My heart rate would be 140 for the entirety of the trip,” commented another TikToker.

“My toxic trait is that I have 100% faith in this car,” another viewer joked.

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