No ticket, no driver: Police stop Google self-driving car

Posted at 8:27 AM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 12:05:45-05

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer made a traffic stop, but wrote no ticket. There was no one actually driving the car.

Mountain View police said in a statement that an officer pulled over a Google self-driving car that was being tested on local roads Thursday.

The officer noticed the car going a road-clogging 24 mph in a 35 mph zone and realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle. He stopped the car and contacted the person behind the wheel to say the vehicle was impeding traffic, but no citation was given.

California law requires someone to sit in the driver's seat of self-driving cars.

The Google project responded in a blog post, saying it's never received a ticket and adding, "Driving too slowly? Bet humans don't get pulled over for that too often."