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Google autonomous car stopped for being too slow

Snapshot: The Google autonomous car was doing 39 kmph in a speed zone of 56 kpmh which slowed down the traffic behind.

As weird as this may sound, but this particular incident did happen in Mountain View, California. According to the BBC, a Google self-driving car was pulled over by a cop for being too slow. Yes, you read it right, too slow! According to the reports, the autonomous car was doing 39 kmph in a speed zone of 56 kpmh which slowed down the traffic behind.

According to the Mountain View Police Department, the Google car was noticed by a traffic officer blocking the traffic behind due to slow speed of 39 kmph in the 56 kmph zone. “As the officer approached the slow moving car he realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle,” the report states. “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.”

Shortly after the incident, Google came out with an official statement on the case - “Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often. We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets."

Google further added, "Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project. 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!”

It's interesting to note that even after driving for 1.2 million miles, it's only 9 times that the Google's autonomous car was involved in an accident. Moreover, all the accidents reported were from the behind hits and not once the Google car was involved directly.

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Source: BBC

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