You won’t believe the reason Google’s self-driving car got pulled over

Google’s self-driving car got pulled over for driving too slow


Google’s self-driving car may be able to navigate the roads on its own, but it’s not yet advanced enough to avoid cops. This picture, shows Google’s prototype vehicle stopped by an officer of the law. The company soon took to Google+ to explain the image, suggesting that the car had been pulled over for driving too slowly.

“Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often,” the company wrote, ignoring the fact that the autonomous car did indeed have the legally mandated human overseer present at the time. Google notes that it’s capped the speed that its self-driving cars can go at 25 mph, a decision that it says was driven by a desire to make them feel “friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.”

Even the police aren’t immune from the impulse to get a closer look. “Like this officer,” Google says, “people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project.” We too should know more about the future of self-driving cars, and whether our next set of wheels will be able to automatically avoid duck-chasing grannies, as Google’s car project continues on.


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