Google Street View Car Hits 3 Vehicles In Reportedly Attempted Hit And RunBy: Chris Crum - September 13, 2013
Wow. Just wow.
A Google Street View car driver apparently hit two buses and a truck, and tried to flee the scene. The incident happened in Bogor, Indonesia, and there is photographic evidence of a wrecked Street View car. Gizmodo shares these two photos that were posted to Indonesian forum:
The police, as reported by local media, indicated that the driver hit one bus, panicked, and tried to flee the scene, only to then hit another bus and a truck. Yes, that’s a total of three vehicles. It’s unclear if anyone was hurt.
The BBC shares statements from the police and from Google:
“We take incidents like this very seriously. We’re working closely with local authorities to address the situation.”
Of course, the whole thing is forcing people to remember an incident from earlier this year where an image on Street View appeared to show a donkey that had been run over. Google took to its Google Maps blog to deny this. Google said that while it looked like its car might have been involved in a hit and run, it suggested that the donkey was just “lying in the path – perhaps enjoying a dust bath – before moving safely aside as our car drove past.”
Google claimed that the donkey was “alive and well.”
No blog post has been made so far about this new incident.
In case you’re wondering if it’s a publicity stunt to show that self-driving cars are safer than regular cars (as if a Street View car is a “regular” car), don’t worry, Google has had an accident with one of those too. Granted, a human was driving.