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A Driverless Car Got Pulled Over by San Francisco Cops and it was Hilarious

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A few weeks ago I was in a cab and the driver told us, “So last night I was cut off by a car, and when I pulled up along side it to flip off the driver, it was a driverless car!” It was a supremely San Francisco moment and honestly, kinda mind blowing. It was literally something I’ve never even considered before.

And apparently something very similar recently happened to the San Francisco Police.

In a video captured by Instagram user b.rad916 an SFPD officer pulls over a Cruise autonomous vehicle in the Richmond District. When he walks up to the driver’s side door, he notices that there is no driver, and you can see him have a little “WTF??” moment and try unsuccessfully to open the door. Then as he goes back to his vehicle, presumably to call in and find out what he’s supposed to do, the car drives off, goes through a green light, and then pulls over to the side and turns on its hazard lights!

If the embed is not working below, you can watch the video right here.

At that point you can hear onlookers laughing about the whole situation and one loudly exclaims “Are you serious? How does that even happen?!?”

Then the cops pull the car over again and spend the rest of the video hovering around the vehicle trying to figure out what the fuck they’re supposed to do in this frankly bizarre situation.

The Verge reached out to Cruise to find out what the hell happened and spokesperson Aaron Mclear explained that the car was not trying to flee the cops and spend the rest of its life on lam, hiding from the authorities. The vehicle actually did what it was designed to do.

“The vehicle yielded to the police car, then pulled over to the nearest safe location for the traffic stop,” Mclear said. “An officer contacted Cruise personnel and no citation was issued. We work closely with the SFPD on how to interact with our vehicles and have a dedicated phone number for them to call in situations like this.”

The future is coming at us pretty quickly these days and I imagine that along with it will be lots of weird and funny bloopers like this one. Let’s just hope nobody else gets hurt.

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1 Comment

  1. Deetje Boler
    April 15, 2022 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    The car was driving without headlights on. That’s very dangerous. Did they fix the headlights before allowing it to go on? The company should have been ticketed for its violation of driving without headlights on, and not allowed to continue without headlights working.

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