A GOOGLE STREET VIEW car has caught itself speeding on its own camera, setting off irony klaxons across the world.
It's usually Google’s driverless cars that cause the Alphabet-owned company to get a little red faced. But, this time, one of Google's Street View cars that take 360 photos of roads for use in Google Maps managed to capture a pic of itself doing 37mph in a 20mph area.
We can sympathise slightly as the car was driving through Glasgow, a city not exactly known for its picturesque landscape and friendly locals, but pushing nearly double the speed limit is perhaps a tad excessive.
The incident was spotted by an eagle-eyed Dutch chap called Twan van Duivenbooden, who tweeted a screenshot of Street View showing an external speedometer displaying 37mph and signs on the street indicating a 20mph zone.
This raises two questions: why was the Street View car driver hurtling down the road? And what the hell was a Dutchman doing browsing a dull street in Glasgow on Google Maps when he could be enjoying some of the illicit products readily available in Amsterdam?
Speeding in a Google Street View car isn’t the most sensible thing to do. We saw one of the cars during our recent tour of Google's Mountain View campus and it’s hardly the most inconspicuous of vehicles with a Google Maps-themed livery and a roof-top camera.
Street View is a pretty sound service offering a peek into an area you might be visiting and allowing you to decide whether to pack smart shoes or a baseball bat, but this is not the first time it’s yielded an embarrassing image.
Pranksters have staged fake murders or dropped their trousers to be picked up by the car’s cameras and loaded into Google Maps to cause the imagination of sensitive users to run riot.
But we reckon Google will have the last laugh on people who dick around with the service when its artificial intelligence tech matures to a point where it enslaves us all. Admittedly that’s a bit of rampant Friday afternoon speculation. µ
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