A car was recently pulled over by a cop. It was going too slow and there was no driver. I know this sounds like the beginning of a riddle, but it’s what really happened in Mountain View, California, when a Google self-driving car took to local roads.
An officer noticed traffic backing up and caught the culprit, a vehicle going only 24 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. The cop realized it was one of Google’s prototpes, which are romaing the town as well as Austin, Texas, and made contact with the operators to ask a few questions about the tech and inform their team about potential traffic issues. The prototype’s speed, in fact, caps at 25 MPH, because Google wants them “to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.”
The car didn’t get a ticket, nor did it have to beg, bargain, or cry its way out either. Technology is way ahead of people.