An accident report by the California Department of Motor Vehicles has confirmed that police stopped a Google Self-Driving Car for being “over-cautious”. Check out the news story here. According to the local police blog, the car was driving well below the speed limit, prompting a response from one of their officers.
The statement was as follows;
“This afternoon a Mountain View Police Department traffic officer noticed traffic backing up behind a slow moving car traveling in the eastbound #3 lane on El Camino Real, near Rengstorff Ave. The car was traveling at 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. As the officer approached the slow moving car he realized 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 per 22400(a) of the California Vehicle Code”.
Google were quick to react themselves, humorously noting that it’s a crime humans are unlikely to be accused of too often, but until they introduce automated, passive aggressive, road -rage programming into their fleet, they should be safe for some time.
Check out the video below to see just how the Google Self-Driving Car works…