99 Phones in a Little Red Wagon Created a “Traffic Jam” on Google Maps

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Artist Simon Wreckert loaded up a child’s handwagon with 99 phones all running Google Maps. As he walked down one street after the other, his slow pace tricked Google Maps into thinking those streets were experiencing a traffic jam.

Created as a performance art, Wreckert explained to Vice that his inspiration for creating a virtual traffic jam was to “get people to think about the space we give to cars in public life and the data we rely on everyday.”

Wreckert’s installation mimicked slow moving traffic, prompting Google Maps to symbolize the street as red, indicating a “traffic jam”.

Wrekert calls his installation Google Map Hacks and he has posted a video showing him walking through streets in Berlin and the associated reaction on Google Maps.



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