πŸ’¬ Google Maps Hacks – Performance & Installation, 2020

Replied to SIMON WECKERT ( )

” 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. ” #googlemapshacks

I wonder what would happen if you loaded a car with multiple devices and moved around the city. I wonder what that would do to Google’s predictive algorithms?

I really liked Sebastian Greger’s response:

As this piece of geeky awesomeness spreads around the world on social media, its most impressive impact is not the data hackers drooling over the ingenious act of carrying 99 smartphones through Berlin in a hand cart, but the stunning amount of people who for the first time understand how Google Maps sources their traffic data – by constant surveillance of billions of smartphone users.

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