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


"Good morning sir, license and registration please."

"I'm sorry officer, I'm afraid I can't do that."

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

"can't we all just get along?"

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

"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. "

Beat you by 2 minutes.

"I'm Feeling Lucky" -- punk.

Why all the HAL 9000 references?

This is clearly:

"I need ya, buddy!"
"Right away, Michael!"

Maybe in Germany.

"You don't need to see his identification.... this is not the droid you're looking for."

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

Are you referring to police officers or humans?

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

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

The car was engaged in

Civil Disobedience.

Free the Google V-6!

I think it was pulled over by a


The police officer asks: "You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down... "

"What desert?"

Are you sure you don't mean CIVIC disobedience?

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

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?

@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/

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.

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

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

Well... I for one welcome our new robot overlords.


"I've experiments to run, there is research to be done, for the people that are still alive..."

Apparently just parked?


Motion without representation.

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.

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.

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.

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

Now "ghost driver" has a new meaning for me...

What 'cha gonna do? Call Ghostbusters.

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?

"Speeding you say? Tell you what Officer - you forget about this, and I'll forget about those search queries you ran last night. Deal?"

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

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

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

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.

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."

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!

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