BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Recently, a San Francisco area police officer issued a traffic ticket to a self-driving car’s assistant because the vehicle didn’t yield the right of way to a pedestrian who was crossing the street. The officer declared that the human occupant is responsible for the vehicle, whether he drives it or not.
Company Contests Self-Driving Car Ticket
On Wednesday, Giselle Linnane, a San Francisco Police Department officer and spokesperson declared that the alleged incident occurred on Monday morning, near the South Market area.
According to Linnane, after passing a crosswalk, a police officer pulled over a self-driving car belonging to Cruise and issued the vehicle’s occupant a traffic ticket. The human handler argued that the self-driving vehicle did not break any laws.
However, the police officer pointed out that the vehicle failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian who was just about to traverse the crosswalk. The cop added that the human occupant aboard the vehicle is responsible for what happens off the road, regardless if he’s driving the vehicle or assisting autonomous driving tests.
Fortunately, the pedestrian was not injured in the incident. Cruise, the company who designed and developed the self-driving car, declared that data retrieved from the car’s computer indicates that no traffic law was broken during the testing, as the person was approximately 11 feet away from the car and was not even on a crosswalk.
Still, Cruise was forced to yield to the officer’s decision and the driver compelled to pay the ticket. According to a recent press statement, Cruise declared that the company’s top priority is testing self-driving cars within the boundaries of the law and in a safe manner.
Following the early March incident when a pedestrian lost her life after being hit by a self-driving car, lawmakers and city officials are less willing to approve road testing.
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