4 Feb 2020
A certain Simon Weckert from Berlin was able to deceive the Google Maps algorithm and create an artificial traffic jam on an empty street
The aim of the researcher was as follows – to show the shortcomings of the interaction of virtual services and the physical world, as well as how easy it is to mislead the system. Actually, to achieve it, he took a small trolley and loaded 99 phones with the navigator on into it and drove them along the roads for some time.
The Google algorithm determined the speed of the phones and decided that they belong to drivers stuck in traffic. This information was reflected in the maps – the streets along which the German drove the cart, turned red on Google Maps. In reality, the roads were completely clear.
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