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    Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

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      Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

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      Automated vehicle caused traffic jam while travelling at just 24mph in a 35mph zone, causing police to pull the car over

      They’ve driven 1.2m miles, and haven’t managed to get a speeding ticket yet – but a self-driving Google car got in trouble with the law on Thursday.

      The car was stopped by a Mountain View traffic officer on the El Camino Real, a public road near Google’s main campus in California, not for breaking the speed limit or erratic driving, but for travelling 24mph in a 35mph zone and causing a big queue of traffic.

      Impeding traffic is an offence under California’s minimum speed law, which states: “No person shall drive upon a highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, unless the reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, because of a grade, or in compliance with law.”

      Mountain View police department said: “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.”

      Google’s self-driving pod vehicles are allowed to drive on public roads within California, but only within 35mph speed zones. Google has capped the speed of its vehicles to 25mph for “safety reasons”.

      “In this case, it was lawful for the car to be traveling on the street as El Camino Real is rated at 35 mph,” said Mountain View police department. “The Mountain View police department meets regularly with Google to ensure that their vehicles operate safely in our community.”

      Several of Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in traffic collisions, although none have been found to be to blame for the incidents. Of the 14 accidents, 11 have been rear-end shunts where the Google vehicles have been shunted by following cars, according to the company.


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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

      How do you pull over a driver-less car? Give it a nudge with your bumper? Get in front of it and back into it, aka Mythbusters?

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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

      Are these things carrying passengers or have Google just set them off to wander far and wide and see what happens?

      Are they in it together with Uber as a conspiracy to eradicate taxi drivers?
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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

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      Are they in it together with Uber as a conspiracy to eradicate taxi drivers?
      Not for someone needing to get there in a hurry.

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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

      25mph is IMHO a dangerously slow speed.

      It's hard enough near where I live with a stretch of road that's limited to 30mph. If you get stuck behind a learner driver you can't overtake and they typically move at around 28mph.

      There was also a story several years ago when an old lady got done by Police on the Isle of Wight for driving at 20mph in a 40 zone. The traffic behind her tailed back for several miles.

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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

      20mph in many areas in London now, have to be really careful and watch my speed. I've just picked up 3 pont's for 35 in a 30....
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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

      Those cameras can be a real pain!

      Portsmouth introduced 20mph restrictions a few years ago now on some side roads. This was extended and most are now covered with this speed limit. Unfortunately its hard to enforce as most of these roads aren't suitable to putting up cameras.

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      Re: Google self-driving car gets pulled over for driving too slowly

      It's even worse on one estate where a rat run between two districts (Fratton and Copnor) resembles Hampton Court maze after the introduction of one way streets, bollards, chicanes and sleeping policemen. It's what the council refers to euphemistically as traffic calming measures.

     

     

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