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Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over By Police For Driving Too Slowly

 A police officer in Mountain View, California, stopped one of Google's autonomous vehicles for driving too slowly, despite the car not breaking any laws.

Officials said this week that a Google self-driving car was pulled over by police because the vehicle was traveling too slowly. An officer in Mountain View, California, noticed traffic was backing up behind the prototype vehicle, which was traveling 24 mph in a 35 mph zone.

 It was pulled over after a police officer noticed traffic backing up behind it.

"As the officer approached the slow moving car he realized it was a Google autonomous vehicle," the Mountain View Police Department wrote in a blog post. "The officer stopped the car and made contact with the operators to learn more about how the car was choosing speeds along certain roadways and to educate the operators about impeding traffic per 22400(a) of the California Vehicle Code."

The auto and computing industries believe self-driving cars are the future. But developing the technology is only one step along the road. Drivers, legislators and engineers also will have to reckon with issues like car-crash ethical choices, insurance coverage and, as here, law enforcement. For traffic violations, Google has said the company itself should be responsible for tickets.

Prototypes of Google's self-driving bubble cars are not an uncommon sight on roads in Mountain View. But the company is not alone in experimenting with autonomous vehicles -- many automakers are currently researching their own self-driving vehicles. Toyota has said that it hopes to make self-driving cars commercially available by 2020, and MIT's Kevin Ashton, who divined the concept of network-connected objects known as the Internet of Things, this week predicted the vehicles will be commonplace by 2030.

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