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Driverless, out-of-control car does doughnuts on street

Technically Incorrect: A Honda Accord with no one inside it appears to have a mind of its own, as it decides to have playtime on a residential street in Southern California.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


A Honda with a mind of its own.

Tommy Anderson/Facebook screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Please don't ever say out loud that your car has a mind of its own.

It just might want to prove it.

Tommy Anderson, who lives in Moreno Valley, California, has evidence. There he was on Tuesday, living a normal day, until he espied a car doing dougnhuts, in reverse, on a residential street.

You might have imagined that some hairstyle-challenged teen was having some fun. Instead, as CBS Los Angeles reports, there wasn't anyone in the car.

Clearly being of modern mind, Anderson captured footage. The more than three-minute clip he posted to Facebook shows a car with its hood open, merrily going round and round backwards.

Naturally, some wondered whether it was a hoax. But Anderson's footage shows the police arriving and clearing the street.

Anderson told CBS: "I've lived out here a long time. I've seen a lot, but I've never seen anything like this before."

Anderson said that before he began recording there was a man on top of the car, trying to talk it into submission.

On Facebook, he explained: "Before I left, the police were asking supervision to lay down a spike strip to deflate the tires to slow the vehicle down to gain control of it."

"I was actually kind of worried about the officers. They were getting pretty close to the car," Anderson told CBS. "And, who knows, it's a driverless car."

His use of those words might summon a few minds to consider the Google-centric self-driving future when cars legally have minds of their own.

In this case, it's unclear why the car did what it did. A Honda spokeswoman told me the company would have to inspect the vehicle before it could determine what had happened. The Moreno Valley Police Department didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

So far, Anderson's Facebook video has enjoyed more than 20,000 views.

I imagine that its owner might have an interesting service appointment on Wednesday.

Updated 11.43am: added comment from Honda