Google Maps is an excellent tool, but those maps we all love to use don’t just create themselves. Google has spent countless dollars, hours, etc. refining their product into a fantastic way to get from Point A to Point B. A big part of this process is Google’s fleet of Street View cars. They can often be seen traversing the roadways, gathering pertinent map information (and other less-pertinent info if the rumors are to be believed). One such car was recently involved in an accident while driving the wrong way down a one-way street. There’s no word on whether or not the driver was using Apple Maps for his navigation at the time.
The Smoking Gun reports that the Street View car, driven by Alexander Spurr, struck another vehicle, driven by Dylan Case. They also provided a recap of the accident:
Spurr told police that after realizing he was driving the wrong way on Tyler Street, he attempted a U-turn, but “accidently came out onto” an adjacent road, where he struck Case’s vehicle “in the side and spun him around.” Case told cops that he had a green light and that Spurr “must have ran the red light.”
Both vehicles were towed from the crash scene. Cops estimated that the Google car suffered $1500 in damages, while the Mazda will need $2000 in repairs.
Case told TSG that the Google worker “blew a red light” and slammed into his car, a 2008 Mazda owned by his girlfriend. Case, a 22-year-old construction worker, said he was headed home from work when the Google car “came out of nowhere and hits me in the side.”
The Google driver, Case recalled, “basically said he was sorry and that he was gonna lose his job.” Spurr, who did not appear injured in the crash, climbed atop his vehicle after the accident and tinkered with the high tech camera equipment mounted on the roof. Both men were traveling alone in their respective cars.
The Smoking Gun also had a photo of the accident, provided by Forbidden Hillcrest.
I can understand Mr. Spurr checking on the camera equipment on the top of his car. I’d imagine that it is all very expensive, and it’s possible he might be liable for any damage since he was cited for the accident. The good news, Mr. Case suffered fairly minor injuries, and Mr. Spurr was not injured. Hopefully Mr. Spurr can learn from his mistakes, and make sure he uses his (possibly former) employer’s mapping software from now on.
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