Man creates fake traffic jam on Google Maps by carting around 99 cellphones Man creates fake traffic jam on Google Maps by carting around 99 cellphones
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    Default Man creates fake traffic jam on Google Maps by carting around 99 cellphones

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    Simon Weckert loaded a hand-cart with cellphones and pulled them slowly through Berlin. This fooled Google Maps into registering severe congestion, marking the streets bright red in the service, and rerouting traffic to avoid the area.

    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 to avoid being stuck in traffic.

    Man creates fake traffic jam on Google Maps by carting around 99 cellphones / Boing Boing
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    Ok funny, but what did he achieve, cars getting stuck in traffic because they were rerouted and creates congestion on other routes? And who has 99 smartphones just to do a prank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eirikur View Post
    Ok funny, but what did he achieve, cars getting stuck in traffic because they were rerouted and creates congestion on other routes? And who has 99 smartphones just to do a prank?
    Simon Weckert

    It says so in the first line of the article?


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    At least Extinction Rebellion have found ways of disrupting the traffic while most of them sit at home happy clapping.
    Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eirikur View Post
    Ok funny, but what did he achieve, cars getting stuck in traffic because they were rerouted and creates congestion on other routes? And who has 99 smartphones just to do a prank?
    He’s an artist. Art is what he achieved

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    He’s an artist. Art is what he achieved
    Art? I thought it was a prank. What a tosser. Royal approval is revoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eirikur View Post
    Ok funny, but what did he achieve
    A bit of peace and quiet in his neighbourhood. Good for property prices, that

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    I've rarely found re-routes improve anything, so I'd definitely benefit from this.
    <-2m->

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    Have I missed something? Why did Google assume it was 99 cars moving at a snails pace, rather than 99 pedestrians moving at normal walking pace? Or did he actually do something a bit naughty and we're not allowed to know what it is?

    His heart is in the right place - shame we can't say the same about his brain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    Have I missed something? Why did Google assume it was 99 cars moving at a snails pace, rather than 99 pedestrians moving at normal walking pace? Or did he actually do something a bit naughty and we're not allowed to know what it is?

    He walked in the middle of the road on the pics.

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