Prankster Creates‘Traffic Jam’ On Google Map (Photo Credit: Twitter/Simon Weckert)
New Delhi :
Pulling off a stunt rarely done, a prankster from Germany tricked Google Maps into believing there’s traffic jam by dragging along with him a cart full of smartphones. The video posted on YouTube shows Simon Weckert walking the streets of Berlin tailed by a trolley of 99 smartphones and what appears to be a lane of red dash on the web mapping service app.
99 smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route! #googlemapshacks https://t.co/3gixMxopE6 pic.twitter.com/6KcMm1XgAF— Simon Weckert (@simon_deliver) February 1, 2020
In his post, Simon, also claims that the roads turned from green to red on the google service indicating traffic. Explaining his trick, he wrote in his post, ‘’99 smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route!’’
His demonstration has shed some light into the workings of the Google Maps algorithm with many hinting at the possibility of the stunt can be actually pulled off. Some even went as far as far as to compare his stunt to the gold heist movie, 'The Italian Job'.
I work for Google maps and I know quite a bit about how this works. I believe this is possible.— Torrey Hoffman (@torreyh) February 2, 2020
Obvious plot device for a sequel to "The Italian Job".— Justin ∴ (@justinshort) February 2, 2020
Technology is not always foolproof and that’s exactly what a new Google Maps experiment tried to prove. Artist Simon Weckert has posted a video on YouTube showing how he managed to “hack” Google Maps to create virtual traffic jams on the streets of Berlin. pic.twitter.com/dYbGHgX4bh— Manoj Parthiv (@ManojParthiv) February 3, 2020