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Driving
Sadly, it probably won't even have enough gas to make it to the first border crossing.
Title text: Sadly, it probably won't even have enough gas to make it to the first border crossing.


Explanation

A self-driving car is a car that requires no human interaction to navigate streets to a destination. Thus, when Black Hat places the rock that weighs "as much as a small adult" into the car's seat, he begins the process of fooling the car into thinking it has an occupant when it does not. His purpose in doing so appears to be to send the car to Anchorage, Alaska, which is presumably far from where Black Hat and Cueball are standing, thus taking the car far away from its owner with relatively little effort on the part of Black Hat. This is the kind of evil prank Black Hat is famous for.

The title text references the fact that driving to Alaska from the continental or continuous 48 states requires two border crossings, once into Canada from the mainland, and once from Canada into Alaska. The car apparently begins some distance from the Canadian border, since it will likely run out of gas before reaching Canada. Black Hat is sad about this fact. He could have liked it if it was possible for the car to actually go all the way.

Transcript

[Black Hat, holding a large rock, is addressing Cueball.]
Black Hat:
Would you guess this weighs as much as a small adult?
Cueball:
What?
Uh, probably.
Black Hat:
Great!
Thump
Please fasten your seatbelt.
click
Take me to Anchorage, Alaska.
Navigating
slam
vroom
Black Hat:
I love self driving cars.
Cueball:
...Whose car was that?
Black Hat:
Dunno, but they shouldn't have left it running.


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