Google car stopped by cops for going too slow

13 Nov 2015

The Google car being stopped by a police officer

Stop the lights! Google has admitted that its self-driving car gets stopped by police all the time, but no tickets are ever issued.

A photograph has emerged online of one of the Noddy-like vehicles being pulled over by a police officer in the US.

Google joked on its Google+ page for its Self-Driving Car Project that humans don’t get pulled over for driving slowly too often.

It explained helpfully: “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 neighbourhood streets.

“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!”

Fair enough.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years