A photo posted on Facebook of Google’s self-driving car being stopped by a police officer in Mountain View, California for driving too slow has gone viral. Google says that their tiny driver-less car has driven more than 1.2 million miles without getting a ticket. The new prototype models have a top speed of 25mph. “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.
The Mountain View Police Department confirmed the traffic stop, stating that “This afternoon a Mountain View Police Department traffic officer noticed traffic backing up behind a slow moving car. “The car was traveling at 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. As the officer approached the slow moving car he realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle. 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. “In this case, it was lawful for the car to be traveling on the street as El Camino Real is rated at 35 mph. “The Mountain View Police Department meets regularly with Google to ensure that their vehicles operate safely in our community.”