Self Driving car pulled over in San Francisco, had the police were astonished to see no driver in it.
In a viral video, a San Francisco police officer tells his partner “ain’t nobody in it.” It further reveals the self-driving car had no steering wheel and belonged to the San Francisco-based company Cruise. It was pulled over for driving without headlights at night.
The digital system in the Cruise car determined it was pulled over for speeding. While the confused officer checked the vehicle, to his surprise there was no driver and went to talk with his partner the car took off. This time at a more acceptable speed before being pulled over again. Though such self-driving cars do have audio systems that respond to police sirens.
Cruise in a statement said, “Chiming in with more details: our AV yielded to the police vehicle, then pulled over to the nearest safe location for the traffic stop, as intended. An officer contacted Cruise personnel and no citation was issued.”
Cruise was established in 2013, in an attempt to make autonomous cars ride-share friendly on a national and international scale. The company has collected a $5 billion line of credit in an accusation with General Motors and entered into a partnership with Honda last year. The test on public roads started in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Detroit back in 2017. It is only this year that the cars worth $50,000 each won the city’s approval to operate driverless taxis in part of the city.
According to the company’s statement “We work closely with the SFPD on how to interact with our vehicles, including a dedicated phone number for them to call in situations like this.”
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