Somewhere between the vote of confidence and the click of the webcam, those seconds of sweat and then accountability, a smile comes across the face of the DJ.
As he crouches down between the driving seat and the steering wheel, his heart is racing, but his arms are steady. He talks the man through every setting, attempts to overcome his nerves and actually get this car moving. From the other direction, behind the computer screen, it is a case of, "My car dashboard must show the proper navigation, otherwise the person whose vehicle it is cannot see correctly."
And then, he simply finds it.
"Now I'm looking down at the steering wheel, so I can see the instrument cluster without crossing my eyes," he says. "But I'm back up to where I was, so I must look up for the on-board navigation, but that's the only thing I can see out the car window. So I need to use the radio control."
A seat on an unresponsive driving computer, seems almost like the ultimate in self-preservation, except that's not how it works.
"In general, 90 percent of those who become car DJs are appointed to the position by the Department of Motor Vehicles because of the position of authority that is given to the person who actually owns the car. But because that person is not located in the city with the car that's where the people are," states the Audi Dynamics and Technology Manager for the country.
While it's true that the driver's license they are driving with that car is theirs and is seen only by them, they are being given the job of managing the internal system for a car they don't actually own.
Everyone with a licence can log on to an accessible computer at the DMV in their own city to view the other, cities' licenses, but there is no incentive to actually share that information because there's no business that can benefit from it.
"All that information in the computer system, some of that is not useful to other people outside of the DMV," says Gustaf Grze, the director of technical communications at the New Zealand Transport Agency. "Those are extremely valuable IP and in some way that information can be profit maximizing."
In the two years since Audi began using music systems in New Zealand cars, the company has found that car DJing is incredibly satisfying and energizing.
"A lot of times, when you listen to someone's music it ends up the same way you would feel when you go to the car wash. This is that after a large amount of time. You know, I'm often so tired from driving and all that, and you put that into the musical selection, and you get that kind of feeling of, 'Oh, I am here where I want to be,' with the music," says Grze.
Grze is increasingly concerned that with bigger and bolder advancements in technology, this "after a long, arduous day of sitting in traffic" moment can become increasingly less valuable.
"Every day, new technologies are coming online that are more powerful and more disruptive to the old order. For example, most of the time you have to tune the radio in the car. Well, in the car where you want to be, in your car, it doesn't matter what you have on. It doesn't matter if you've recently listened to Muzak, or AC/DC or Rolling Stones, you go on your app and adjust the radio. Now imagine when all of that stuff is integrated, the idea that the person who actually owns the car can control the system just becomes crazy. So, the same to the driver at home, in their car. Imagine if the driver for Google Now could control the car in his or her house. Imagine the situation where the 'Where's my ride?' technology would be personal. Imagine 'My ride' could be sold, it could be anything."
Nope, I don't get that either. I'd be more stoked about that.