Cars with a computer control system from Google have already covered almost 2 million kilometers on the roads without ever getting a warning or a fine from the traffic police. However, cars still have not reached 2 million, because on one of the roads in Los Altos (USA) the policeman stopped the robot car claiming that it was driving too slowly.
Indeed, the speed of Google’s robot cars is limited, and is a maximum of 40 kilometers per hour. This is done so as not to frighten pedestrians and road users. According to representatives of the team, if they made it so that the car would be carried on the roads, it is unlikely it would be perceived positively, both by ordinary people and the authorities.
As it turned out later, the policeman was not issuing a ticket, but simply asking why the vehicle was moving so slowly. By the way, in California (and in many other regions, too) there is still no answer to the question of what a policeman should do if he stops a car and no one is inside.
I’m also curious to know if Google’s robot car system can react to the signals (lights and sounds) of police cars. If so, how?
By the way, one of the comments on the Google publication about the incident said that "the policeman is actually a robot created by Google. And the photo was obtained by a drone that also belongs to Google." Could that be the case? Not impossible.