Police pull over self-driving car A Google self-driving car goes on a test drive near the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg/Tony Avelar)
Police pull over self-driving car
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A California police officer made a traffic stop, but wrote no ticket. There was no driver to give it to anyway.
 
Mountain View police said that an officer pulled over a Google self-driving car that was being tested on local roads.  This happened Nov. 12.
 
The officer noticed the car going a road-clogging 24 mph in a 35 mph zone.  He saw that it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle. He stopped the car and contacted its operators to let them know it was slowing traffic, but no ticket was given.
 
A person is required to sit behind the wheel of self-driving cars.
 
The Google project responded in a blog post, saying it's never gotten a ticket and adding, "Driving too slowly? Bet humans don't get pulled over for that too often."

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COMMENTS (344)
  • amazingpizza-
    11/18/2015 - 09:25 a.m.

    I think the Google people did not get a ticket because it was just a test run. But it could be there was no one in the car to tell how slow it was going. I do not think you can give a person a ticket for going to slow.

  • saraho1-lam
    11/18/2015 - 09:29 a.m.

    No ticket was issued because there was, according to the article, no one to give it to. I also think he let the Google car go because it was only on local roads. I am surprised that Google has already started testing it on public roads.

  • brooklenr-lam
    11/18/2015 - 09:37 a.m.

    I think no ticket was issued because there was no one behind the wheel, so therefore no one was actually driving the car. I feel like this could be unsafe if there are some people driving cars, and other cars driving it's self. Self driving cars wont give the opportunity for teens to learn how to drive a car.

  • hpalmer-cel
    11/18/2015 - 09:52 a.m.

    I think that is pretty cool. I like how no ticket was giving because the officer understood that the people are just trying to create new inventions. I think the self driving car is really cool. I find it so interesting how it can drive by itself and detect vehicles around it. Its also a little scary though, like what if something goes wrong? Either way I find this article pretty fascinating.

  • rowens-cel
    11/18/2015 - 10:00 a.m.

    I'm surprised that the officer pulled the self-driving car over for going too slow, because going 10 mph under the speed limit isn't that slow. I wonder if he did it just because it's a self-driving car.

  • shanej-lam
    11/18/2015 - 10:28 a.m.

    This article is funny. It's hard to believe that there is actually self driving cars. They could end up being one of the big jumps towards the future.

  • audreyx-lam
    11/18/2015 - 10:35 a.m.

    I think this is very cool how we are already testing self-driving cars. I believe that a ticket wasn't issued because it was a test drive, and this is a new invention that was in testing. Also, there was nobody behind the wheel, so no one was driving the car. This is probably why there were no tickets given.

  • kartikeys-lam
    11/18/2015 - 10:43 a.m.

    I think this article is interesting. I guess the officer didn't give the ticket because Google was testing the car and maybe they took permission from the Govt..I hope the Govt. will allow the self driving cars in future.

    • jaideo-cur
      12/02/2015 - 10:21 a.m.

      yeah me too

  • ryans-5-ver
    11/18/2015 - 10:50 a.m.

    Wow! I would love to have a self driving car, but not if they get me in trouble with the police.

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