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Google Maps Thinks Guy Pulling Red Wagon Filled With Phones is a Major Traffic Jam

  • Episode 642
  • February 12, 2020

Artist Simon Weckert borrowed phones from friends and rental companies until he had acquired 99 devices, which he piled into a little red wagon. He then walked up and down a given street, mostly at random, towing his smartphone-packed wagon behind him. Inevitably, Weckert says his wagon created a long red line in the app, indicating that traffic had slowed to a crawl—even though there wasn't any traffic at all. He had effectively tricked the system into thinking a series of large buses were crawling back and forth.

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