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Google self-driving car stopped by US police

Emma Clark

Published 13/11/2015 | 05:12

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Google's self-driving car ran foul of the law in the United States because it was driving too slowly. Google took it well, claiming it hasn't been ticketed.

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One of Google's self-driving cars was stopped by US police because it was travelling too slow.

The prototype car was travelling at 24mph in a 35mph zone, which resulted in traffic building up behind it. A police officer approached the car, only to realise that it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle."

According to the police department's blog post, " The officer stopped the car and made contact with the operators to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic."

Google wrote its own blog post in response to the incident, explaining that the prototype vehicles have a maximum speed of 25mph for "safety reasons." It added, " We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets."

"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!" That begs the question, "How do you ticket a driver who doesn't exist?" Or is Google also working on software that talks itself out of a ticket?

Google's self-driving cars are currently being tested on the streets of Mountain View and Austin, Texas. The company plans to make these vehicles available to the public by 2020.

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