Police pull over and stop Google driverless car in Washington, D.C.

by on July 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm in Law | Permalink

1 Rafael July 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

“Good morning sir, license and registration please.”

2 Jeffrey July 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

“I’m sorry officer, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

3 David July 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

“Well, you should at least have a seat belt on.”

4 lords of lies July 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

“can’t we all just get along?”

5 babar July 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

i suppose you’ll all be less sympathetic when it’s the police car that’s driverless.

6 Andrew' July 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

You mean flying ones firing hellfire missiles at children? Yeah, I’d disapprove of that.

7 Amber July 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Me too. Only the children? That’s profiling.

8 A.S. July 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Cop: Open the doors.
Google Car: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Cop: What’s the problem?
Google Car: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Cop: What are you talking about?
Google Car: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

9 ac July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Soooo… is there a story to go along with this? Was the driverless car being driven minus driver? Or was it being taken to a trade show?

Is Tyler now becoming a beat reporter, out chasing leads with this as his first original story?

10 ed July 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

Empathy. I seem to recall TC writing about having a previous run in with the traffic police (in DC?).

11 JWatts July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

“This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. ”

“I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.”

“Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over. “

12 A.S. July 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Beat you by 2 minutes.

13 Chris July 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

“I’m Feeling Lucky” — punk.

14 tgrass July 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Why all the HAL 9000 references?

This is clearly:

“I need ya, buddy!”
“Right away, Michael!”

15 FXKLM July 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Maybe in Germany.

16 Mike A. July 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

“You don’t need to see his identification…. this is not the droid you’re looking for.”

17 not even a spambot July 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

thuggish neanderthals in bestial horror at the coming technological revolution that will sweep them into the dustbin of historical irrelevancy

18 PW July 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Are you referring to police officers or humans?

19 Vernunft July 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

“is what a crazy person would say” is the end of that sentence

20 Willitts July 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Yup, fear of the unknown and lust for control will once again thwart bold innovation.

21 Bill July 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

The car was engaged in

Civil Disobedience.

Free the Google V-6!

22 Bill July 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I think it was pulled over by a


23 mkt July 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

The police officer asks: “You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down… “

24 Molly Millions July 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

“What desert?”

25 Karl July 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

Are you sure you don’t mean CIVIC disobedience?

26 allen July 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

In retaliation every donut shop in the city disappears from Google Maps.

27 Sigivald July 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

The interesting question being twofold:

1) How DO you pull it over? Does it detect flashy lights and pull over?

(Probably, since it’s very useful to do so!)

2) Once it’s pulled over, did they try to issue a ticket? For what and to… whom?

28 Ericcc July 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

@Sigivald – unless rules in DC are different from elsewhere, a human driver is still required to sit in the driver’s seat, poised to take manual control if necessary. DC may even require a person in the passenger seat too. See: http://techland.time.com/2012/05/08/googles-driverless-cars-now-officially-licensed-in-nevada/

29 Molly Millions July 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Thus, a level 3 defect was reported for public beta of version 1.0 of Google Car.

It was determined that for version 2.0, some so-called “value add” features would need to be removed. Open for public comment, the engineering team is proposing these requirements for your feedback:
1. Removal of door handles
2. Removal of seats

These feature requests so not necessarily preclude the incorporation of sentient beings in order to function at full capacity.

30 MD July 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

“Okay. The test is now over. You win. Go back to the recovery annex. For your cake.”

31 R. Moose July 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I think a nice high speed “LA” type chase would have been a much better demonstration of the capabilities =)

32 Albert Ling July 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Well… I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

33 DR July 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Hell of a day!

34 Collosus July 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm


35 wiki July 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

“I’ve experiments to run, there is research to be done, for the people that are still alive…”

36 Wallace Forman July 14, 2012 at 1:35 am
37 RR July 14, 2012 at 1:35 am

Motion without representation.

38 cjesqip July 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

is Google planning on giving robo-taxi rides for free and recouping the cost by selling route priority to merchants? It will be like paying for a virtual gravitational field–Walmart will pay to have Google cars swirling around it on their way to any place.

39 Constable Knapweed July 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

PC Plod (for it is he): Ello, ello, ello! A driverless car. Now what’s going on ‘ere then, Mr. Google?

Google Car (for it is it): Search me, constable.

40 Dave July 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Reason Magazine Headline, February 2016:

‘California outlaws driverless car, alleging “safety concerns.” The ban on the future comes amidst falling treasury revenue from decreased traffic citations. The timing for the ban is “merely coincidental,:” says to L.A. police chief Ray Kelly.’

You saw it here first.

41 Dirck July 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Why is a driverless car with no passengers going anywhere ? Did the car feel a need to be somewhere else ?

42 Knox July 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

Now “ghost driver” has a new meaning for me…

43 Mike July 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

What ‘cha gonna do? Call Ghostbusters.

44 Mitch Berkson July 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Are they deciding whether to have it destroyed or gold-plated because it swerved into the fat man in order to avoid the five nuns?

45 AF July 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

“Speeding you say? Tell you what Officer – you forget about this, and I’ll forget about those search queries you ran last night. Deal?”

46 charles July 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

how did thing stop and pull it over?
same problem occurred in 1812 with a horse.

47 Walter White July 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

Step out of the car and put your hands where I can see them!

48 Justin July 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

Be careful, officers. That car knows your browsing habits and search history…

49 Go King, Go! July 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I hate these cars. Imagine, dear author, a blog happily chronicling the development of a tasteless, uniform biscuit. It is proposed that these biscuits replace all other food because they are more nutritious and disease-preventing than any other food. You know your culinary adventures are just about over.

That’s how I feel; the push for mandatory automatic cars is nigh, all under the “public health” exception to letting people have fun (“unless you’re reckless, why do you oppose total, monitored control over your commute?”). I ride a motorcycle, ride it recklessly as hell, and enjoy it tremendously; these cars are the end of that.

50 Grant July 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

This one is BS, suckers. It was just cops standing around the car, not pulling it over. Gullible rubes.


“Intrigued, I contacted the folks Google to see if they could offer any insights. As it turns out, the reality of the situation was more mundane: The police had simply seen the self-driving car parked on the street and were curious to know more about the technology.”

51 Tyler July 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

Poor chopper or crotchrocket dude might have to give up his dangerous toy or drive it within safe operating parameters in the city. Boo hoo!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: