Google Robot Car Pulled Over...
(by Jason Green, San Jose Mercury News) -- When one of Google's self-driving vehicles is pulled over, who gets the ticket? The passenger or the car?
The question was asked across the Internet on Thursday, after a police officer stopped one of the gumball-machine-shaped vehicles on El Camino Real.
In a blog post, the Mountain View Police Department said the officer noticed traffic backing up behind a slow-moving car in the eastbound No. 3 lane, near Rengstorff Avenue.
The vehicle 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 post said.
"The officer stopped the car," the post continued, "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 a Google Plus post, the Google Self-Driving Car Project appeared to appreciate the humor of the situation.
"Driving too slowly?" the post asked. "Bet humans don't get pulled over for that too often."