Self-driving car passenger slapped with a ticket in San Francisco, police say

A passenger in an autonomous vehicle was issued a ticket on Monday after an officer said that it is not the yield to a pedestrian, in a crosswalk, police said.


A ticket is issued to a person traveling in a self-driving car in San Francisco on Monday, police told Fox News. The vehicle allegedly did not stop for the crosswalk. However, Cruise, car company is involved in, according to KPIX, maintain the vehicle in accordance with California state law.

A motorcycle officer issued the ticket after seeing the car not stop for a woman going through a zebra crossing in the South of Market area, San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Officer Giselle Linnane told Fox News Wednesday. The car cut pedestrians off, ” she said.


The ticketing officer believed that the vehicle in self-driving mode, but the person within was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian, Linnane said. That individual, whether they drive or not, “is still responsible for the vehicle,” she added.

The person in the crosswalk was not injured, KPIX reported.

Cruise, the company behind the autonomous vehicle, reportedly of the opinion that neither the car nor the person broke the law. The data of the company, in accordance with KPIX, it was found that the car was 10.8 metres away from the pedestrian area during the incident.

“We don’t look at or work with that data,” Linnane told Business Insider. “It is what the officer observed at the scene, and of his observation, there was a violation.”


In a statement to Fox News, Cruise said safety is the company’s “priority in testing our self-driving vehicles.”

“California law requires the vehicle to the right side of the road for pedestrians, allowing them to continue undisturbed and relaxed, without the fear of interference of their safe passage through an intersection,” the statement continues. “Our data shows that is what happened here.”

The meeting follows an incident in Arizona, earlier this month, a self-driving Uber car fatally hit a woman. The governor has since suspended the company from testing its autonomous vehicles in the state.

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