A guy carted 99 phones around to create site visitors jams on Google Maps (Updated)
Update, February 4, 2020 (11:50 AM ET): Yesterday, we saw a statement from Google concerning the Google Maps "hack" distinct in the usual article below. Now, we even have some more readability on how the artist performed the "hack" in question.In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine (via 9to5Google), artist Simon Weckert says that all the 99 smartphones in the wagon had their very own attached SIM card and every one was actively using Maps for navigation.He found out that if the wagon stopped moving, Maps would not show a traffic jam, so the wagon had to forever be in motion for a jam to get registered.Additionally, if a automobile drove by the wagon at a standard speed, Maps would also sign up site visitors as normal. It was only when the wagon was in motion and the street was empty that a traffic jam would show on Google Maps.Google had this to say according to the "hack" of using 99 smartphones to cause Maps to sign up false traffic jams:
Whether via car or cart or camel, we love seeing inventive uses of Google Maps as it helps us make maps work better through the years.The agency also reaffirmed its commitment to creating Maps as accurate as possible. Google also pointed out in a tongue-in-cheek trend that it can distinguish among cars and motorcycles in some regions around the globe — but it hasn't deduced a formulation for wagons yet.
Original article, February 3, 2020 (03:16 AM ET): Technology is not always foolproof and that's the reason precisely what a new Google Maps test tried to prove. Artist Simon Weckert has posted a video on YouTube showing how he managed to "hack" Google Maps to create digital site visitors jams on the streets of Berlin.For his experiment, Weckert loaded 99 smartphones running Google Maps into a cart. He then had someone wheel that cart around a variety of streets in Berlin, including external the Google office.The phones apparently fooled Google Maps into thinking that there has been a high attention of users on those streets. Because the phones were in a cart, Maps was further tricked into believing that the site visitors was slow-moving.
As a result, the navigation app began appearing digital traffic jams by turning green streets to red. You can watch the video below to see the trick in action.Google Maps uses data generated by users to determine fast or slow moving site visitors in addition to site visitors jams. By inspecting such things as speed, region, and other crowdsourced data, Google generates a live traffic map of a neighborhood or a road.Weckert apparently took expertise of those very Google Maps facets to fool the app into marking streets as red. As a result, nearby users could have been diverted to other routes though the streets in question were in reality empty.
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Of course, the entire thing could also be a ruse for the reason that artist doesn't really go into numerous particulars in his post describing the so-called hack.Google has not officially commented on Weckert's experiment. However, a Senior Software Engineer for Google Maps has tweeted that he believes it's feasible to pull off such a stunt.
— Torrey Hoffman (@torreyh) February 2, 2020
If true, here's certainly something the tech giant should look at fixing. Someone with malicious reasons could take competencies of the loophole to in fact mess with the service and its users.For example, a fake traffic congestion can be created on account of which emergency amenities like ambulances are diverted to longer routes. Google should behavior a full research into the problem so anything like that doesn't happen.arcanetechs.com/i/blog/1600665638/aHR0cHM6Ly9jZG41Ny5hbmRyb2lkYXV0aG9yaXR5Lm5ldC93cC1jb250ZW50L3VwbG9hZHMvMjAyMC8wOS9BbmRyb2lkLVRWLUhvbWUtU2NyZWVuLTIwMHgxMzAuanBn">