I have 99 issues, but no real traffic.
- See how a man-caused “traffic” on Google Maps on the streets of Berlin.
Google Maps may have been pretty fooled by the 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 major city, providing details on traffic rumors or bottlenecks on major roads. Many of us religiously check Google Maps before going anywhere to plan our routes properly.
Google itself is advertising campaigns that encourage users to do the same. But the system is not misleading and can be deceived by a Berlin man who used 99 smartphones and a hand-cart in the German capital.
Berlin-based artist Simon Weckert pulled the breakthrough and explained his findings in detail in a video he posted on his YouTube channel, as well as on his blog. In the video, Weckert is showing 99 smartphones perched on a city street cart, including a street outside Google’s Google office.
With the slow pace of the chariot and the 99 phones, Google Maps believed that many vehicles used an empty street. Google uses this method to collect traffic data from around the world; Smartphones in cars provide information to Google about the speed it is moving and how many smartphones there are on that particular street.
If the pace is low and the number is high, Google would show that the street segment is red or brown, suggesting traffic jam. The videos are gradually turning into Google Maps streets, suggesting traffic congestion in those streets.
Google’s navigation suggestions would recommend that users avoid these streets, even if they are a way to go, as well as being careful with the Weckert and handcart.
Weckert has not shared more details, so he will likely make a mistake. If this is true, Google may be perfect because it should look for ways to avoid using this exploitation, as it can have very real and physical effects on the traffic movement. In any case, don’t completely trust Google Maps; It is not often to ride artists with 99 smartphones in a chariot.
- Why did this happen?
Google Maps uses user-generated data
Google Maps uses user-generated data to identify fast or slow traffic, as well as traffic. Analyzing data on speed, location, and multiple people, Google creates a traffic map of an area or road.
Weckert seems to have taken advantage of these features of Google Maps to red-mark the streets. As a result, nearby users could be diverted to other routes, even if the streets in the case were empty.
Of course, the whole thing can also be a mistake, as the artist does not go into much detail as he describes his so-called post.
Google has not officially commented on Weckert’s experiment. However, a former Google Maps software engineer made a point because he believed it was possible to throw such a breakthrough.
I work for Google maps and I know quite a bit about how this work. I believe this is possible.
If that’s true, this is something the tech giant should fix. When someone has a malicious reason, they could take advantage of the fog to mess with the service and users.
For example, a traffic jam could be created because emergency services like ambulances divert to longer routes. Google should do full research on the subject to prevent this from happening.