Google Maps Captures Car Crash, Whose Fault Is It?

We’ve said it before, and we’re going to say it again: given they scan the world from one end to the other, all with the purpose of allowing us to explore the planet from the comfort of our sofas, Google Maps cars often capture the most surprising, terrifying, amusing, or nearly-fatal moments out there on public roads.
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And each and every one of us can see them using nothing more than a smartphone or a laptop.

It is the case of a crash that occurred a year and a half ago in Indiana. Captured by the Google Maps Street View car, the collision happened on 2801 English Avenue in Indianapolis, with a police car rapidly arriving at the scene, as seen in the photos (also embedded in the photo gallery).

As we can all see in the images dates August 2019, the two cars are now stopped in the center of the intersection, and while some people are around them, it’s not clear who exactly are the drivers and whether any people got injured following the fender bender.

One thing is for sure, though: given this is an intersection controlled by traffic lights, there’s a chance one of the two ran a red light, and it’s now up to the police, and to the netizens, of course, to decide who is the one to blame for the whole thing.

As for what we’ve said in the intro, in case you’re wondering just how much Google Maps cars are being driven to capture the world in all its beauty, some late 2019 statistics shared by Google itself provide us with a clear picture about the whole thing.

The Street View cars surpassed 10 million miles (that’s more than 16 million kilometers for our European readers), Google said more than a year ago, enough to circle the planet for more than 400 times.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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