Google Maps is one of the best apps to get your bearings in places you don’t know. In addition to giving you recommendations for places to visit or specific directions to a place, Google Maps also offers the possibility to indicate traffic.
However, one man challenged Google Maps’ ability to be fooled with 99 smartphones. Simon Weckert took 99 smartphones, connected them to Google Maps and rode them in a small cart. This made Google Maps deduce that traffic was worse than reality.
See Google Maps being tricked by 99 smartphones in this video
We had already explored this topic at some point. How does Google know if there is traffic in a particular location? After all, the Google directions application is rarely wrong.
Well, the answer is simple. Google uses smartphones and their location to provide this information to their servers. Right after, it gives you a traffic estimate.
In other words, the smartphone in your pocket tells other drivers how the traffic is going. That is why it sometimes indicates that there is traffic in a certain place and the only thing you will see is a popular restaurant on the side of the road.
What Google Maps can do to improve
Honestly there is not much that Google can do to prevent this type of “hack”. At least until 5G is available. With 5G the information will be faster and more detailed. In other words, it is entirely plausible to imagine that the solution to this problem may be just a few years away. Until then, we have to rely on the service that is offered to us.
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