Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over By Police

Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over By Police

A California officer stopped the prototype because it was travelling 24mph in a 35mph zone, causing a back-up in traffic.

US police have pulled over a Google self-driving car because it was going too slowly.

The officer stopped the prototype vehicle in Mountain View, California, on Thursday as it travelled 24mph in a 35mph zone, causing a back-up of traffic.

The police department said in a blog post: "As the officer approached the slow moving car he realised it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle.

"The officer stopped the car and made contact with the operators to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic."

The Google Self-Driving Car Project responded that the prototype vehicles had a maximum speed of 25mph for "safety reasons".

"We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighbourhood streets," it said in a blog post.

Google added: "After 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving (that's the human equivalent of 90 years of driving experience), we're proud to say we've never been ticketed!"

The technology giant's driverless vehicles are currently being tested on the streets of Mountain View and Austin, Texas, it says.

The model pulled over by the traffic officer was one of Google's new prototype vehicles purpose-built to be fully autonomous.

The company says there are "safety drivers" on board all test vehicles.

Google plans to make these cars available to the public by 2020.

source: Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over By Police
lone wolf
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I expect to hear about one being shot up because the driver refused to comply
Stay tuned next week when a google robot cop pulls over an autonomous human.
I wonder who gets the ticket?
How did the car know to pull over?
human ride along guy
That was so nice of the car to pull over for a human cop
We had a news segment about this today - evidently these cars are good on local freeways but too risky and unmanageable in city streets. However, it is expected that the technology will improve and make these cars serviceable on the streets in a few years.