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Google's self-driving koala car got pulled over by the police

Google's self-driving koala car got pulled over by the police
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Google has been hard at work on its self-driving cars in the last six years. The company has tested more than 20 models on open roads, racking up more than 1.2 million miles.

It's important to note that these self-driving cars are much safer (Google cars have been involved in only 11 accidents, and each time the self-driving car wasn't at fault), but are they immune to getting traffic tickets?

Once Facebook user spotted a Google Koala car being pulled over by police in California, took a photo and posted it to Facebook. See the post below:

Presented without comment.Image ©2015 Aleksandr Milewski

Posted by Zandr Milewski on Thursday, November 12, 2015

It turns out, both the Mountain View Police and Google have responded with statements of their own. Mountain View police said they pulled the vehicle over for driving 24 mph in a 35 mph zone after traffic was building up behind it.

Meanwhile on its Google + page, Google said "We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets."

Here's the final ruling from Mountain View Police:

The Google self-driving cars operate under the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Definition per 385.5 of the California Vehicle Code and can only be operated on roadways with speed limits at or under 35 mph. In this case, it was lawful for the car to be traveling on the street as El Camino Real is rated at 35 mph.

So, despite being pulled over, Google can still say that it's never received a ticket in one of its self-driving cars.

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Source: Engadget
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