Google Maps is a useful instrument for anybody who drives a automobile in a giant metropolis, providing particulars on site visitors snarls or bottlenecks on main roads. A number of us religiously verify Google Maps earlier than going anyplace, to correctly plan our routes. Google itself runs advert campaigns encouraging customers to do the identical. However the system is not foolproof and might be deceived, as hilariously demonstrated by a person in Berlin who used 99 smartphones and a hand cart to create ‘faux’ site visitors jams within the German capital.
Simon Weckert, a Berlin-based artist, pulled off the stunt and detailed his findings in a video revealed on his YouTube channel, in addition to on his personal weblog. Within the video, Weckert is proven pulling 99 smartphones with location turned on in a hand cart on metropolis streets, together with the street proper exterior Google’s workplace in Berlin.
The gradual tempo of the hand cart and the truth that 99 telephones had been used brought about Google Maps to consider that there have been quite a lot of automobiles utilizing a street that was really empty. Google makes use of this methodology to crowdsource site visitors information the world over; smartphones in automobiles present data to Google, together with the velocity at which they’re shifting, and what number of smartphones are on that exact street.
If the tempo is low and quantity is excessive, Google would present that phase of the street as pink or maroon, suggesting that there’s a site visitors jam. The video exhibits the streets on Google Maps regularly turning from inexperienced to maroon, suggesting that there was a site visitors pileup on these streets. Google’s navigation options would then advocate that customers keep away from these streets, regardless that they had been really clear to drive on, other than having to be careful for Weckert and his handcart.
Weckert hasn’t shared any additional particulars, so it is potential that this might have been faked solely. Whether it is genuine, Google ought to ideally be methods to stop such an exploit from getting used, since this might have very actual and bodily implications on site visitors motion. In any case, do not cease trusting Google Maps solely; it isn’t typically that you’ve got artists with 99 smartphones on a hand cart wandering round.