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As technology moves ever forward, the rest of us are going to have to start adjusting to new ways of life, both in big ways and through small details.
This was certainly true for the officer from Mountain View Police Department in California when he pulled over a Google car this week. What would have been a routine traffic stop became a one-of-a-kind event when the officer approached the driver side window only to find one little problem: there was no driver.
There was a passenger inside, however, so the cop had to explain the details of 22400(a) of the California Vehicle Code. Turns out this car was pulled over for a reason you or I would never have to worry about…
As it turns out, the self-driving car was impending traffic. Because it was only going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. The humanity (or lack thereof)!!
So as it turns out, all Google cars are pretty much grandmas on the road. But it turns out that Google specifically programmed the cars to go a max speed of 25, and for two very good reasons.
More than just safety, Google specifically makes its cars go slowly so that they appear “friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.” Sounds like a good plan to me, since you never want new technology to scare people before they realize its benefits.
Google wrote a post addressing the traffic stop, and it looks like they had the last laugh. “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!”
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