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Google Is Bad For Traffic

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No, no, not on the Internet. At the intersection.

From the Mountain View (CA) Police Blog:

This afternoon a Mountain View Police Department traffic officer noticed traffic backing up behind a slow moving car traveling in the eastbound #3 lane on El Camino Real, near Rengstorff Ave. The car was traveling at 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. As the officer approached the slow moving car he realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle. 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 Google self-driving cars operate under the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Definition per 385.5 of the California Vehicle Code and can only be operated on roadways with speed limits at or under 35 mph. In this case, it was lawful for the car to be traveling on the street as El Camino Real is rated at 35 mph.

“Lawful.” Well then, maybe it’s time to change the law!

If there’s one thing I hate more than stupid smelly animals, it’s uppity robots. How can we let these soldered-together scofflaws get away with this? It’s bad enough that they’re coming in and taking all our jobs. Now we’re just letting them block traffic?

You don’t get to keep actual humans from living our lives, you worthless hunks of junk. Either drive the speed limit or go slowly drive off a cliff or something.

Our society can’t start bending the rules for trans-automobiles. If you give the robots an inch, they’ll take a mile. Before you know it, the world ends up looking like this:


Google is Skynet. But it’s never too late to fight back. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

And yes, I had to Google that.

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Jim Treacher