One of the first of Google’s self-driving cars has had a brush with the law and been pulled over by police. But, not for what you’d perhaps expect – it was stopped for driving too slowly!
The news will come as a novelty to those who have had safety concerns about driverless vehicles, as most cars that are pulled over are interviewed for dangerous or reckless driving.
The police officer in Los Altos, California, was photographed pulling over the car not far from Google HQ.
One of Google’s self-driving cars just had a brush with the law: not for driving recklessly or dangerously but for going too slowly. Zandr Milewski, who captured the scene and posted a picture to Facebook, said he spoke to the driver and “MVPD (Mountain View Police Department) doesn’t get NEVs (Neighbourhood Electric Vehicles) and pulled them over to ask why they were all going so slow”.
The Mountain View Police Department stated that officers had noted a backlog of traffic behind the slow-moving vehicle, and so decided to intervene. The car was in fact driving at 24mph in a 35mph zone.
Google limits their cars to a maximum of speed of 25mph, saying “We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighbourhood streets. 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!”.
And that stat still stands, as the officer didn’t issue a ticket – so Google can continue testing scot-free!
Photo credit: Google
Author Lex Barber