Google’s self-driving car experienced another rite of passage of road life this week — getting pulled over by the cops.
Google posted about the event on its self-driving car project’s blog.
“Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often,” the post reads.
“We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25 mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.”
The Mountain View Police Department posted this account of the event. The officer pulled the Google car over because he noticed the “traffic backing up behind a slow moving car.” The Google car was going 24 mph in a 35 zone, which according to the police post, is perfectly legal.
“Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project,” the Google post continues. “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!”