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How should police handle AV incidents?

When it detects the lights, the vehicle pulls to the side of the road and contacts the remote Embark Control Center. Warren said Embark prints a phone number for officers on the cabs of its trucks. The number connects directly with the control center. The truck’s lockbox holds compliance documents.

Embark wanted “to design an intuitive protocol that easily works with law enforcement and does not require new training,” Warren said.

Working with law enforcement, Embark learned officers want to approach trucks from the passenger side, as they do during human-driven big-rig stops.

Warren said Embark had collaborated with other law enforcement agencies, such as the California Highway Patrol, to get input on officers’ expectations when interacting with AVs.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office was glad to work with Embark, spokesperson Kristen Dark said.

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