We were preparing our demo, testing in a pedestrian area with our driverless vehicles. A local policeman, who apparently was not aware of our presence, saw our vehicles moving in a restricted area and approached them to talk to the driver and stop them.
Then he realized there was no driver! And the vehicles were speeding between obstacles.
He then looked around and tried to find a clue of what was happening. He really seemed puzzled about that!
We then moved towards him with sympathy: our idea was to talk to him and -perhaps- even invite him to the demo. But our friendly approach was not well received: he insisted in checking all our documents, the vehicle’s documents and license (he didn’t ask for any driving license,
though! ), and was very firm in saying that he had to issue a ticket for driving in a restricted area (and all this with just a few words in English!) We talked to him a lot, showed the vehicles, explained this is a big demo/test,… it was extremely difficult, but in the end we avoided getting the first ticket to an autonomous vehicle!
I’m not sure whether it was thanks to our excellent Latin Oratory or to his embarrassment in not knowing in what name to issue the ticket, but we made history once again: it was the first time in history an autonomous vehicle is stopped by the police!
The above pictures show the officer around our vehicles and Massimo reaching the vehicle’s documents.