In this world, there is a lot of trolls. Yes, it is not the language we used to use, but it is the best way to define Simon Weckert. A man who decided to fool Google Maps by believing that there were traffic jams. Probably the way he did it will surprise you, yes, it is not available to everyone. If you are thinking that it will take knowledge of programming or hacking to deceive Google Maps in this way, you are wrong, “just” you will need 99 smartphones and a cart.
How do you read it? Perhaps now in your head, a scene has already been drawn in which you could deceive Google Maps. If not, we will explain later, because this man has managed to deceive one of the best GPS and navigation services today and also, in such a simple way, that no one had thought of it yet.
For Google Maps, 99 mobile phones moving slowly are equivalent to a traffic jam
Every day, millions of people use their mobile phones as GPS navigation tool when they are driving. Google service maintains an excellent update of the roads and the state of them, including traffic. If Google Maps detects that there is a traffic jam or slow traffic, it will redirect us to another less busy route and speed up your trip. Now, as long as Simon Weckert does not cross your path, because this man has managed to fool Google Maps.
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If after seeing the video it has not been clear to you, we will explain it to you. But without a doubt, Simon Weckert has won the title to one of the greatest “trolls” of the moment. By grouping so many phones in one place (inside a cart) and moving them slowly along the center of the road on a street. He made Google Maps believe that each of those phones belonged to a vehicle. So if there were so many moving at such a low speed, it implied that there was a traffic jam, marking that way in the application.
Moreover, at the moment Simon made to walk faster or run, we can see how the state of the roads changes and the traffic jam disappears from Google Maps. Therefore, you could do it yourself, although gathering almost a hundred phones will entail a significant monetary expense. We can say that this man has fooled Google Maps with a little ingenuity, boredom and free time.