AN recent video posted online shows a self-driving Cruise car being pulled over in San Francisco by police who discovered the self-driving vehicle had no one behind the wheel.
In the video posted on April 1, the Cruise car initially pulls over to the side of the road and stops when a police officer approaches the driver’s side before speeding through an intersection and proceeding down the road.
“Are you serious? How does that happen?” a passerby screams in the video.
Cruise said Sunday that the car behaved as expected.
“Our AV yielded to the police vehicle, then stopped at the nearest safe location, as planned. An officer contacted Cruise’s staff and no citation was issued,” Cruise saying on your corporate Twitter account.
Cruise told CNBC that the San Francisco Police Department has a dedicated phone number available at all times for officers to call when the company’s driverless vehicles are pulled over. SFPD representatives did not immediately respond to requests for more information.
The humorous episode highlights some of the situations that can occur as self-driving cars become more common on city streets.
waymo, a Alphabet subsidiary, plans to offer free self-driving rides in their cars in San Francisco to members of a trial program, and has completed “tens of thousands” of self-driving trips in Arizona.
Nuro also has an implementation permit to operate self-driving cars in San Francisco, but the startup is focused on delivery, not a taxi service.