Have you ever got stopped because of driving too slowly? It is a story that the new Google care can tell you all about. The Google car got stopped for moving slowly and the people on board had to be educated. Keep in mind that no matter how fantastic the invention you’re running around with is, it simply cannot be above the law. If you are going to make people in traffic wait, that is not something that is going to be tolerated.
Google was quick with reacting to this particular situation. “Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often”. The truth is that this is a self-driving vehicle. People need to test it, need to see how it works. You cannot have a self-driving car roaming around with Ferrari speeds because that just isn’t right. The care is supposed to develop a trustworthy relationship with those who ride along, not start off with the impression that you’re going to get anywhere with it at the price of your own life.
The good news is that neither Google, nor the passengers who were enjoying the ride got any ticket. But they did receive a warning. This is yet another achievement for Google, who pride themselves on not having gone into trouble with police forces ever since this project has been implemented. In fact, the entire self-driving experience has reached a total of 1.2 million travelled miles, also equal to 90 years of driving. Well played, Google. Well played.
Obviously, when people see this sort of contraption they get eager to know what is going on. This officer noticed that the Google car was driving with the speed of 24mph whereas the region it found itself in had a minimum of 35 mph required to drive. But Google cars are under a different type of legislation since they are supposed to be so slow and user friendly. Thus, the officer checked the legislation and saw that Google cars are supposed to drive under 35 mph, so everything was according to the law.
So there you have it: Google car got stopped for moving slowly. It looks like anything is possible in this world. Even if the officer “instructed” the people on board the vehicle not to drive so slowly, what could they possibly do? The project is set, the law is in agreement with it, so it is safe to assume that this gentleman was half doing his job, half interested in how this wonder machine works.
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