Police stops autonomous vehicle for not having its lights on – only to find nobody inside.
The driverless car is owned and operated by a company called Cruise in San Francisco.
Cruise, which is owned by General Motors, said the headlights issue was a result of human error.
It added that its self-driving vehicles have microphones that can identify the sounds of sirens.
Cruise’s self-driving car is based on a Chevy Bolt chassis, although it plans to launch an original vehicle soon.
The officer remarked that there “ain’t nobody in it – this is crazy”, after discovering that the self-driving car has no driver inside.
After an unsuccessfully attempt to open its doors, the officer begins to walk back to his car, leaving the autonomous car to zoom off in what initially looks like a getaway attempt.
However the Cruise self-driving car, still being followed by the police, quickly turns its hazard lights on and then pulls in to a safer spot just down the road.
In a statement on Twitter the company said :
“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.”
“We work closely with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) on how to interact with our vehicles, including a dedicated phone number for them to call in situations like this,” the company added.
Cruise, which is owned by General Motors and develops self-driving technology, said the headlights issue was a result of human error.
The company said that its self-driving vehicles have microphones that can identify the sounds of sirens.
“AV can detect lights and sirens so it will come to a stop”.
Cruise’s self-driving car is based on a Chevy Bolt chassis, although the company plans to launch a completely original vehicle soon.