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Somebody is creating virtual traffic jams on Google Maps by lugging around Android smartphones in a handcart.

„99 second hand 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. „

simonweckert.com/googlemapshac

@Kensan I could imagine residents on normally-quiet streets doing this to prevent Google Maps users diverting traffic their way

@Kensan So if you're sick of cars going down your street, get some smart phones.

@LydiaConwell It’s a surprisingly straightforward analog hack. Imho the elegance is in its simplicity.

@Kensan I've also seen a strange effect last year where a stretch of Autobahn was shown as jammed day and night on Google Maps, advertizing an alternative route too... And when we actually went through there (ignoring the route advice) it was just an extended piece of road works with an atypical limit of 60km/h (usually 80), with very little actual traffic in sight.

LB: I work with location data for $DAYJOB and work on generating traffic from it. I find this kind of mildly threatening to the assumptions we've made, in a "well that might make things harder" kind if way, but mostly just hilarious AND amazing.

It casually stands to challenge the authority of big tech's algorithmic invasion of the physical world, and seizes back power from companies who make money off data whose production rests in the hands of users

@Kensan

In b4 someone says that this is a sufficient reason for ubiquitous cameras to catch these false positives.

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