A designated driver for the driverless car

In November, General Motors’ Cruise autonomous test vehicle attracted unintended media attention when it froze behind a taco truck during a press drive. Between traffic cones, double-parked cars and the lunch stand, the car’s computer could not figure out its next move.

That situation, and the snarky tweets that followed, is one Phantom Auto wants to help manufacturers avoid. The company says it can eliminate cases where a driverless vehicle may become confused or stuck by having a human take the wheel from a remote operations center.