Google Maps Hack Creates a Fake Traffic Jam

Artist Simon Weckert performed an experiment that highlights the way our world now works. He piled 99 smartphones into a wagon and pulled it down a street in Berlin. As you can see, it was a light traffic day, so much so that he could walk down the middle of the road. But Google’s location tracking saw 99 phones in one place, and flagged Google Maps to alert users to a traffic jam there. Once that happened, there were even fewer cars on that street, as traffic app users went around the area. The stunt highlights how closely your phone and activities are being monitored. [via Laughing Squid]

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