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Google Maps Fooled by Man Who Used 99 Smartphones to Create a Fake Traffic Jam: Video

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Google Maps Fooled by Man Who Used 99 Smartphones to Create a Fake Traffic Jam: Video

Photo Credit: YouTube/ Simon Weckert

Google Maps crowdsources its traffic data through users’ smartphones

HIGHLIGHTS
  • A man in Berlin used 99 smartphones to ‘fake’ a traffic jam
  • The stunt involved pulling 99 smartphones slowly in a hand cart
  • Google’s algorithms caused the streets to appear red on Maps

Google Maps may just have been fooled by a relatively simply hack, if a new video is to be believed. Google’s Maps service is an invaluable tool for anyone who drives a car in a big city, offering details on traffic snarls or bottlenecks on major roads. A lot of us religiously check Google Maps before going anywhere, to properly plan our routes. Google itself runs ad campaigns encouraging users to do the same. But the system isn’t foolproof and can be deceived, as hilariously demonstrated by a man in Berlin who used 99 smartphones and a hand cart to create ‘fake’ traffic jams in the German capital.

Simon Weckert, a Berlin-based artist, pulled off the stunt and detailed his findings in a video published on his YouTube channel, as well as on his own blog. In the video, Weckert is shown pulling 99 smartphones with location turned on in a hand cart on city streets, including the street right outside Google’s office in Berlin.