How would you like your dog to drive you around?
Ok, admittedly that isn't quite where what I'm referring to is meant to go, but it does seem to offer an interesting possibility in that regard:
Some folks in New Zealand are teaching dogs to drive Minis. Ostensibly it's to demonstrate how intelligent they are. In the video we see them drive per commands, but we don't see them reacting to conditions around them. Still, after so short a training period to have them at that point, one has to wonder if maybe instead of "human-in-the-loop" as the safety measure for a self-driving car, if maybe it could be dog in the loop. So the pooch watches for exceptional hazards (since they'll be looking out the window anyway, you know it), and you can read and scratch their back while you take a trip together.