Self-driving car pulled over
Since June Google has been testing its prototype in Mountain .
Apparently, one local police officer didn’t get the memo about the automated car.
A photo of a Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) deputy pulling over one of Google’s cars for “driving too slowly” went viral this week after it was posted to Facebook by Zandr Milewski.
Milewski said he spoke with the car’s occupants, who said the cop “pulled them over to ask why they were all going so slow.” In the city, NEVs (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles) are legally limited to roads with speed limits below 35 mph.
Heh. "Police pull over self-driving Google car for doing 25mph in a 35mph zone" – https://t.co/a7G8hycBwH
— Brian Brushwood (@shwood) November 13, 2015
Google acknowledged the traffic stop in a Google+ post, and said it has “capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25 mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.”
“Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project,” Google continued. “After 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving (that the human equivalent of 90 years of driving experience), we’re proud to say we’ve never been ticketed!”
In a blog post, the MVPD said its officer stopped the car “to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic.” No ticket were issued because “it was lawful for the car to be traveling on the street as El Camino Real is rated at 35 mph,” the department said.
“The Mountain View Police Department meets regularly with Google to ensure that their vehicles operate safely in our community,” the post concluded.
Earlier this year the company unveiled the first complete build of its autonomous vehicle, which looks something like a miniature Volkswagen Bug. Testing began six months later, when the prototype hit California roads.
Google says its driver-less vehicles are currently out on the streets of Mountain View and Austin, Texas. Its fleet includes modified Lexus SUVs and a bubble-shaped prototype, which was the model pulled over by the traffic officer. The company says there are “safety drivers” on board all vehicles — “for now.”