Google maps car hits a deer, records it all. Oh deer

Update: Google has responded and states "the deer was able to move and had left the area by the time the police arrived".

It's a sad fact that deer get hit by cars everyday but not everyday does a Google Maps car hit a deer and record the event. It's a sad fate for the deer but the entire event was recorded and uploaded to the live version of Google Maps.

You can attempt to view the picture here but that particular spot is being hit pretty hard by traffic; a screen capture is posted below.

The Google employee had to have known that they hit the deer but the more interesting thought is why did they proceed to upload the images? Is Google that determined to be the first to map the roads by street view that they don't care what goes live on their site?

Regardless this can be added to the long list of odd and funny things that have been caught on Google Maps.

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Google RoadKill - Enjoy the beauty of nature around you ... well, the dead ones on the roadside anyway.

A few years ago (actually about 8 ) me and an ex girlfriend hit a deer while driving home (we live in London, how surprised were we?!!!! ).
It was almost impossible to avoid the animal, we were not driving fast but any action on our part to avoid it would have ended with us upside-down in a ditch or smashed into trees.
We went full pelt into the beast, there was a sickening crunch and a Deer bouncing off down the road behind us. Well we pulled up and got out to see what we could do, It stood up gave me what i swear was a dirty look and then legged it off.

Two points from this story...
1) Deer are stronger than you think
2) Don't blame the driver, often incidents like this can be impossible to avoid

In our case Deer 1 - Car 0

Accidents happens and nobody can blame the driver (if it wasn't on purpose) but to take a photo for amusement is despicable.

Funny title, kind of sad photos. No one is safe anymore, not while Google is in the skies. The Justice System will be eased with GM.

Or they hit the deer, the poor animal fall in the asphalt, recovered, tried to get back to the woods but had an aneurism and died...

Sorta removed it. They blacked the streetviews of anything resembling a deer. However there is a blurry deer still left on 832 Five Points Rd all they need to do is blur the incident out. sheesh. :P

I can see Pamela Anderson and the rest of PETA, calling for a boycott of Google.

But if the see the deer coming could they not just stop, and let the animal cross the street?

What kind of sick ****s does Google have working for them.

You're right. I'm sure the deer had been standing there for 10 minutes and they just plowed it down. There's no way it ran right in front of the car.

A deer can run very fast, I'd estimate up to 25 - 30 mph. In forested areas, it's hard to see the deer as it runs across the road. While the driver of the car may be able to apply his brakes as he notices the deer, that does not mean the car can actually stop before colliding with the animal.

Also deer tend to react irrationally around vehicles. I've seen many deer already out of harms way react badly to an oncoming vehicle, even occasionally the deer will change opposite directions to run directly into the path of the vehicle.

Meh. It has eyes and ears, it should've heard the car coming towards it. I bet those PETA freaks will be all over this.

DanielZ said,
Meh. It has eyes and ears, it should've heard the car coming towards it. I bet those PETA freaks will be all over this.

Animals don't understand what cars are.

GreyWolfSC said,
Animals don't understand what cars are.

The smarter ones at least understand that when something bigger then you is rushing towards you that its probably not a good idea to stand still... natural selection

SOOPRcow said,
The smarter ones at least understand that when something bigger then you is rushing towards you that its probably not a good idea to stand still... natural selection :)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means...

Meh. It has eyes and ears, it should've heard the car coming towards it.

It's obvious you haven't been in a situation like this. ;)

Yes, they run, of course. But they often panic and start trying to run along the street, and not out of the way. And a car goes way faster than a deer.

ozgeek said,
Looks like the deer was crossing the road after the car passed. The first one is the shot of behind the car.

they drive on the right , so judging by the shot of dear is infront of the car in the first picture

you do realize the upload process is nearly fully automated right?
only gotta browse the pics to make sure their not all colored out and have other glitches, imagine goingthrough your photos on your pc just *click* *click* *click*

The Tjalian said,
Oh dear! A Deer! A Female Deer!

That's a major faux paus, Google. -5 tact.



more like

Oh dear, a deer, the google car is near!

Bareback Rider said,
Yeah, because they totally meant to hit the damn thing.

The vehicle path (white line) makes it look like they did. Nevertheless, they should not have used the footage.

On the radio and news on TV today they mentioned about the Deer population rising and culls have increased to keep the numbers low.

Complaints of destruction and car accidents were mentioned.

I would like to point out to the motorist, to drive slow in high regions of Deer especially when you are
informed by many signs saying there are lose Deer and they may cross you path.

Remember the Deer were there before the road was built.

The motorist is trespassing on the Deers territory not the other way around.

So territory is handed out by when an animal moved into a region? Well then I guess we're all trespassing on the territory of bacteria. Give me a break.

Memnochxx said,
So territory is handed out by when an animal moved into a region? Well then I guess we're all trespassing on the territory of bacteria. Give me a break.

bacteria are not animals.
pease check the definition of "animal"

McG said,
His animal/bacteria fact is wrong, but his notion is valid.

Its not valid, bacteria feeds of humans. The deer was just walking when was brutally murdered by the evil company called google. lol