10 reasons why the Google Maps team are terrible drivers

The Google crew has done a tremendous job mapping out the World and providing us with a plethora of information that used to take hours to compile. But, when you are driving as much as Google, you are bound to run in to a few things, or a lot of things given the miles they have put on their vehicles. While we appreciate what Google has done, we thought it would be fun to take a look at all of the roadside victims of Google’s escapades.

#10) Low hanging fruit, or in this case, the tall mounted camera, is not something most people are used to having attached to their roof. This Google driver managed to hit a limb and have the camera obstructed by a leaf for a considerable distance that makes the images a bit useless.


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#9) Google has some pretty cool technology; they have even built a car that can drive without a human inside. But, sometimes even those self-driving automobiles are not immune to terrible driving skills as one of the vehicles ran in to another Prius while out driving. The funny part about this is that it was actually human error that caused the accident, chalk one up to not letting Google do your driving.

#8) When you rear-end someone, typically it is your fault and in the #8 place we see that the Google vehicle hit an older model Ford. The car is in need of some repairs as the front end is falling off, but it does not look like the airbags went off, which is a good thing.

#7) Going off-roading is a fun time if you have a 4X4 and a buddy to help you out if you get stuck in the mud. Fortunately this Google driver had a friend with a tow-rope as the vehicle, with the camera running, got stuck in the mud and needed assistance being pulled out.

#6) When your tire goes flat, you have little time to pull over and get the spare on before you ruin the rim. Fortunately for this Google driver, he was close to a repair shop and able to get that pesky tire taken care of.

#5) We have all seen them, those little orange barricades that are supposed to stop you from driving down a road. Well if you are a Google street car driver, you don’t care about those stupid barricades, do you.

The driver of this vehicle, like a boss, drives right over the plastic barricades and of course the camera attached to the vehicle caught it all.

#4) There is nothing like that gut wrenching feeling when you look in your mirror to see the Police behind you with the lights on and siren screaming. This unlucky driver of a Google Maps vehicle made in illegal maneuver in Bradford, UK and paid price.

#3) Tell us if you have seen this one before (we jest) but another Google Maps vehicle is getting special attention of Police in Presidio, California

#2) We have all seen the videos of a truck smashing in to a bridge, but what about the first person view. The #2 spot goes to an unlucky driver who managed to hit a bridge and of course, like all the others, was captured by the mapping company.

#1) Hitting a deer with your vehicle is never a fun experience and most of the time you only get to re-live the moments in your mind. That is, unless you are a part of the Google Maps team and managed to capture it all with your camera mounted to the top of your vehicle.

Google said that the deer survived the impact and surely the driver was shaken up but fortunately, no lives were lost this day.

Google is bound to hit some more objects along the way and we are sure the Bing mapping team has had its encounters as well. The next time you fire up Google Maps, make sure to remember this post and all the encounters the team goes through to make these maps possible. 

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Let bear in mind that the drivers have covered hundreds of thousands of miles (probably millions, I'm sure there are stats somewhere), so some incidents are inevitable. That doesn't make the drivers bad. I challenge anyone to drive tens of thousands of miles on unfamiliar roads and not do at least one daft thing.

Google can't really get anything right, they've canned a lot of stuff, GMail is turning horrid, and now it turns out their drivers can't, well, drive! I drove better on my first PSV (bus) driving lesson when I first started out with Blue Bus, passed with flying colours

Maybe Google's drivers are taking inspiration from their new Drive service, always crashing!

Shyatic said,
I can't even believe this passes as news on this site.

I know right? I mean, Cars, high tech 360 degree cameras, mapping software, tech companies.. that's not tech!

SirEvan said,

I know right? I mean, Cars, high tech 360 degree cameras, mapping software, tech companies.. that's not tech!


we should all be serious here and only talk about grim serious issues like genocide and stuff

SirEvan said,

I know right? I mean, Cars, high tech 360 degree cameras, mapping software, tech companies.. that's not tech!

QFTW.
To many editor warriors on this site these days.

What I don't get is why Google just doesn't take those pictures and animate them so everything is "Perfect". By animate them I mean make 3D models on the computer. I think I'd be kind of fun to run around in Google maps like it was a 1st person shooter. You can actually go inside buildings too.

butilikethecookie said,
What I don't get is why Google just doesn't take those pictures and animate them so everything is "Perfect". By animate them I mean make 3D models on the computer. I think I'd be kind of fun to run around in Google maps like it was a 1st person shooter. You can actually go inside buildings too.

They don't have the data to do an actual 3d representation.
Navteq have cameras which are driving around now and they create 3D point maps as well as images. They will create our 3D landscape.
I only hope they remain partnered with Bing.

Xerax said,

Why? He's awful and not funny at all.

I never said he is or he isn't. Its like was the host of America's Funniest Videos a great comedian?

Cøi said,

I like animals being hurt by careless humans too.

It's hardly careless when you're minding your business and an animal runs directly in front of you. Why can't they run behind me? Nope. No one wants to hit a deer. Aside from hurting an animal it causes a lot of damage to a vehicle. Squirrels though? KILL THEM ALL.

laserfloyd said,

It's hardly careless when you're minding your business and an animal runs directly in front of you. Why can't they run behind me? Nope. No one wants to hit a deer. Aside from hurting an animal it causes a lot of damage to a vehicle. Squirrels though? KILL THEM ALL.

Well, I understand the driver could have done it accidently too, but I certainly wouldn't find it 'funny'

I like that the road the deer collision is on appears to be called "Five Point Rd." There must be another street around the corner called "Ten Point Blvd." where grannies with zimmer frames cross carelessly.

Cøi said,

I like animals being hurt by careless humans too.

Out of curiosity, do you live anywhere near deer? There's not much you can do when a deer jumps in front of your car.

laserfloyd said,

It's hardly careless when you're minding your business and an animal runs directly in front of you. Why can't they run behind me? Nope. No one wants to hit a deer. Aside from hurting an animal it causes a lot of damage to a vehicle. Squirrels though? KILL THEM ALL.

Um, you drove in front of the deer if anything. They have been living there far longer than you.

But nothing can really be done to avoid hitting a deer (if you're going crazy fast, maybe it's your fault, but you'll still hit them going 35 mph too).

Anyways, it's not something we should laugh about! Animals get hurt, and the car gets hurt too!

Rudy said,
The deer one always cracks me up

well sad and funny at the same time. very hard to avoid a deer. like dad doing about 50 mph down a dirt road and it ran right into the passenger side door. causing extensive damage to the door. the deer up and ran off..

laserfloyd said,

It's hardly careless when you're minding your business and an animal runs directly in front of you. Why can't they run behind me? Nope. No one wants to hit a deer. Aside from hurting an animal it causes a lot of damage to a vehicle. Squirrels though? KILL THEM ALL.

Spare the squirrels they are too cute. Now those gophers, those damn critters...

Rudy said,
The deer one always cracks me up

Google said the deer lived...yeah right! Even if it was able to limp away, with a broken leg it is as good as dead. I am thinking one of these is actually true:

1) They actually know nothing at all, just claimed it lived to make people feel better
2) They asked the driver to go back and check on the deer, he lied
3) They sent someone else to check and the deer was gone because it was already disposed of
4) The deer limped away and died out of sight

nub said,

Out of curiosity, do you live anywhere near deer? There's not much you can do when a deer jumps in front of your car.


No, I don't. But could you and Toysoldier please read my comment? I wasn't complaining about the driver, I just made clear that I didn't find it funny at all.

Toysoldier said,

You clearly have never driven in the country, what a silly comment.

Oh come on, just because its difficult to avoid the dear doesn't mean its funny that it got hit.

sphbecker said,

Google said the deer lived...yeah right! Even if it was able to limp away, with a broken leg it is as good as dead. I am thinking one of these is actually true:

1) They actually know nothing at all, just claimed it lived to make people feel better
2) They asked the driver to go back and check on the deer, he lied
3) They sent someone else to check and the deer was gone because it was already disposed of
4) The deer limped away and died out of sight

Either you don't live in the countryside or you've never hit a deer.
They are surprisingly tough and agile, i've gone right over one and it's got up dazed but otherwise unhurt. I've seen a deer catapulted by a truck, over the road and down a verge and still be fine.

Trust me, there is a high % that the deer was fine.
Do i believe that any one checked it though? Nope.

Trust me, there is a high % that the deer was fine.
Do i believe that any one checked it though? Nope.[/quote]

I've never hit a deer fortunately but last year I hit a squirrel that darted out in front of me. I felt terrible all the way home.

[quote=TRC said,]Trust me, there is a high % that the deer was fine.
Do i believe that any one checked it though? Nope.[/quote]

I've never hit a deer fortunately but last year I hit a squirrel that darted out in front of me. I felt terrible all the way home.[/quote]

Couple of years back i was cycling to work and a squirrel bounced hapily along the road and then *bang* a car squashed it flat. After the car went the little sods legs were still bouncing. saddest.thing.ever!

I couldn't confirm the story but the rumor is that they hit a curb and it popped, there used to be images where you could see the car hit a large bump but Google removed them.