If you pay close attention to what is going on around you while driving, there is a good chance you have seen a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View car in the past. These vehicles share the mission of making it easier for people like you to navigate the streets, pull up information online, and make your way from one location to the next.
Sounds like a good thing, right?
Just like any vehicle, however, these ones need to pay close attention to what is going on around them. If the driver is not careful, an accident can occur. And as you can imagine, a crashed out Street View car is more interesting than a minor fender bender involving a couple of junkers.
A Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View Crash in Indonesia
According to a recent report by Jon M. Chang of ABC News, one of these vehicles was recently involved in a traffic accident in Indonesia near the nation’s capital.
This may not sound like a huge deal, but it turned into just that. According to an official police report, one of the Street View vehicles caused three separate accidents late last week while it navigated through Bogor.
The first accident involved the Street View vehicle and a minivan. In addition to the driver leaving his information behind, he accompanied the owner of the minivan to the garage for repairs.
However, this is when things got a bit tricky. The Google driver, after learning more about the repair costs, fled from the garage. It was during this time that he hit another minivan as well as a truck that was parked on the road.
What was the driver thinking? Did he really think he was going to get away with this? Let’s put it this way: there are not many crashed Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View cars on the streets of Indonesia. It would be next to impossible to hide from police in this type of vehicle.
In the same ABC piece, a Google spokesperson noted that the safety of the company’s Street View vehicles is very important. The person added, “we’re working closely with local authorities to ensure the proper actions are taken to address the situation.”
The next time you see a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View car on the streets of your hometown, you may want to get out of the way.