An artist in Berlin fooled Google Maps by creating virtual traffic jams using 99 phones around on the streets of Germany’s capital Berlin.
Simon Weckert in what has been dubbed a new Google Maps experiment to prove the technology is not always foolproof posted a video on YouTube showing how he managed to “hack” Google Maps to create virtual traffic jams on the streets of Berlin.
He loaded 99 smartphones running Google Maps into a cart which was wheeled around various streets in Berlin, including outside the Google office.
The phones ostensibly made Google Maps think there was a high concentration of users on those streets with the slow-moving traffic. Resultantly, the navigation app started showing virtual traffic jams by turning green streets to red.
Google Maps uses data generated by users to identify fast or slow-moving traffic as well as traffic jams.
By analyzing things like speed, location, and other crowdsourced data, Google generates a live traffic map of an area or a road.
There was no official word from Google on Weckert’s experiment. However, a Senior Software Engineer for Google Maps has tweeted that he believes it’s possible to pull off such a stunt.