In this day and age of big engines, turbocharging and supercars, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone driving slow enough to impede traffic.
Well, that’s only if you’re not behind someone testing an autonomous vehicle.
That’s what traffic in Mountain View, California experienced — a vehicle backing everything up by travelling at only 39 km/h in a 56km/h zone.
When the Mountain View Police Department went up to investigate the situation, they found a Google autonomous vehicle was leading the pack and slowing down the flow of traffic tremendously.
“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,” as reported by the Mountain View Police Department.
After being cited for the violation, Google released this statement:
“Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often. 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.
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!”
Source : www.worldcarfans.com