Google self-driving car stopped for slow driving, no ticket issued
Google self-driving car is going viral across the world at the moment. No, it has not achieved any fresh breakthrough of sorts right now. It has not been involved in any accident too. The car was stopped by cops and when they searched for the driver to hand him tickets they were perplexed to find no driver at all in the small Google car.
Google cars are going to give tough fight to mainstream carmakers in the years ahead. Tests have proved that these cars are as safe as human driven cars and with time, people will start having trust in these cars. A fully working prototype of Googleâ€™s self-driving vehicle actually has lots of cameras and a LIDAR system.
The incident happened at Mountain View, California Thursday. Latest reports suggest that the Google self driving car wasn’t speeding. On the contrary, it was driving too slowly — 24 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. The report was released by the Mountain View Police Department — with traffic apparently backing up behind it.
When the car was asked to stop by officers it stopped like any normal, human driven car. â€œAs the officer approached the slow moving car he realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicleâ€, a police department post said. Nonetheless when the officer reached there he found a passenger sitting in the car. So the officer asked the passenger how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways.
The officer also educated the occupant of the about 22400(a) of the California Vehicle Code, which related to impeding traffic — a section of the law the self-driving car may have been unfamiliar with.
Later in a blog post search giant said, â€œWe’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25 mph for safety reasonsâ€¦We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streetsâ€¦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!â€.