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 in a statement that an officer pulled over a Google self-driving car that was being tested on local roads Nov. 12.
 
The officer noticed the car going a road-clogging 24 mph in a 35 mph zone and realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle. He stopped the car and contacted its operators to let them know it was impeding traffic, but no citation 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 received a ticket and adding, "Driving too slowly? Bet humans don't get pulled over for that too often."

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Why was no ticket issued?
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COMMENTS (105)
  • gavinm-lam
    11/18/2015 - 10:32 a.m.

    I think the officer was right about not giving a ticket to the car because if the car was about to hit something I would think Google would have the right technology to make the car stop automatically. I'm guessing driving slow would be for safety. Just in case something did go wrong it wouldn't leave that big of a dent going 24 miles per hour.

  • hunters-lam
    11/18/2015 - 10:40 a.m.

    There was no ticket issued because the car was a prototype and there was no driver so the officer called the operators to let them know the car was going to slow.

  • jasonf-lam
    11/18/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    I disagree with Google's comment that police officers don't usually give tickets for people driving slow. It is not even the factual information that I would say is incorrect. I just think that it doesn't make sense considering that he pulled the car over before realizing that it was a self driving car so it doesn't matter whether or not it was a self driving vehicle because the officer didn't know that until he pulled it over.

  • theaw-4-bar
    11/18/2015 - 07:38 p.m.

    No ticket was issued because there was nobody to give a ticket to. Paragraph one states "A California police officer made a traffic stop, but wrote no ticket. There was no driver to give it to anyway." A driver must always be behind a wheel, even in self-driving cars. I thought this article was interesting because I have never seen or heard of a self-driving car.

  • sheilah-6-bar
    11/18/2015 - 07:40 p.m.

    No ticket was issued because there was no driver to give it to. It says in the article, "A California police officer made a traffic stop, but wrote no ticket. There was no driver to give it to anyway."Since there was no person to give the ticket to, and it was just a test, they made it so that someone has to be behind the wheel. The test drive gave a sense of what technology people are making these days. I find this interesting and surprising because it shows how the new types of technology and how the police are very good and catch the problems in traffic.

    • jaylas1-lan
      11/23/2015 - 11:59 a.m.

      good job !!!

  • Steve0620-yyca
    11/18/2015 - 09:05 p.m.

    I think that the google self-driving car is intriguing. I think that it would be cool to be in a car that would drive itself. People can be more relaxed and not focus as much on the road when they are in a self-driving car. I think that Google is trying to be more advanced and make more developments for people. I think that it would be very interesting to watch a car would drive by itself on the road. The car would make turns and and drive on the freeway without a person having to control the car. I didn't know that you could get a ticket for driving too slow. It sounds a little strange but I understand why.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    11/18/2015 - 09:26 p.m.

    I think that it is amazing for a Google car to have driven so slow that the road started to get clogged. I believe that this is something most people wouldn't do. I think that if I were to go behind the Google car I would be angry because it was going really slow.

  • alexp-1-ver
    11/19/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    How would The google car get stopped for going 24 Mph on a 35 Mph road?

  • reidi-4-bar
    11/19/2015 - 07:57 p.m.

    A california police officer pulled over a google self driving car. The google car got pulled over for driving to slow. I think it is better to be driving to slow then to drive to fast, "Driving to slowly, I bet humans don't get pulled over for that to often. It is safer for us if cars are going to slow and not to fast.

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