An ‘artist’ named 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.
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He basically loaded up Google Maps on 99 phones and stuck them all in a cart which he then had someone wheel around various streets in Berlin, including outside the Google office.
The phones fooled Google Maps into thinking that there was a high concentration of users on those streets. Because the phones were in a cart, Google Maps was further tricked into believing the traffic was slow-moving. As a result, the app started turning green streets to red.
Well I guess that’s one way to beat traffic – by creating the ‘traffic’ yourself so that you can pass through the empty streets while others look for alternate routes. Absolute genius to be fair, but also a diabolical move that’s sure to piss off literally everyone.
I mean what if there was an ambulance on its way to an emergency and they see the road blocked up on Google Maps and someone ends up dying because of it? Not cool in the slightest. Lock him up and throw away the key IMO.
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[h/t Android Authority]