We find out what happens when SF Police pull over an unmanned Cruise robocar


From the earliest days, one of the most common questions was "What happens when the cops want to pull over a robocar or give it a ticket?" We find out a real answer in a video of SFPD stopping an empty Cruise robotaxi on the streets of San Francisco.

It wasn't actually that much of a mystery, and the major teams all have detailed first responder training and plans in place, and it happened here. This was a very rare case where it actually made sense to pull over this car, which was driving at night without its lights on, which is unsafe.

See all the details and analysis in my Forbes site story at:

We find out what happens when SF Police pull over an unmanned Cruise robocar


You’ve never attended a fair or festival where volunteers direct
attendees to park in ad hoc rows in some field?
You’ve never encountered a blocked road due to an accident,
fire, or flooded roadway manned by a single officer with just
a flashlight and sawhorse barricade?
You don’t think that criminals armed with only a siren and
some flashing lights will pull over AVs on some lonely
road and strip them for valuable parts?

You live in a fantasy world.

Self-driving taxis will leave and go get others in many cases. If they park, they will park in an area set aside from them, densely packed tighter than a valet can do it and with a map they downloaded and instructions of what to do to park there (or any other parking lot.)

Unmanned vehicles for a long time will stick to places with cell service. In all these unusual situations, a human will be looking out the cameras, guiding the vehicle. As was the case in this SF traffic stop.

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