Self-driving car and police officer have funny standoff

The video posted to TikTok, which has amassed 15.7 million views, shows the self-driving car reacting to a police officer's guidance.

by | Published on 2nd May 2023

A video of a self-driving car in a standoff with a police officer is doing the rounds on TikTok.

In the video, which has amassed more than 15 million views, the police officer can be seen attempting to guide the driverless Waymo to the side of the road.

Confused as to what to do, the passenger can be heard telling the officer that there’s no one behind the wheel, while also laughing.

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“Sir, we cannot move,” TikTok user @johnnyromano3 can be heard saying in the video.

“We’re sorry. This car won’t let us move. We’re not driving.”

The incident is said to have happened on April 16 as a parade was taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.


POV: youre in a self driving car and the police get involded

♬ original sound – Johnny Romano

Having already encountered the parade and a police officer, Romano tried to take a detour around the block.

But that detour placed him at the front of the parade and head-on with another police officer.

The self-driving car briefly paused when the police officer called for it to move out of the way for another oncoming vehicle.

According to Waymo, the vehicle pulled to the side and then performed a multi-point turn and successfully maneuvered out of the blocked lane 90 seconds after the transaction with the police officer.

The mobility company first launched its autonomous vehicle service in downtown Phoenix in 2018.

People can use the app to summon a self-driving car and have it drop them off at a destination within the city.

As you can imagine, people have been running to the comments section to throw their two cents in on the incident.

While many are questioning why there wasn’t someone sat in the driver’s seat, lots have seen the comedy value in the standoff. 

One user wrote, “What’s the name of self-driving taxi. Wanna try.”

Another commented, “It’s that Rick and Morty episode.”

“Checkmate,” another user commented.



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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