German artist Simon Wreckert made an interesting performance on the streets of Berlin. He walked around the city leisurely, carrying a small red cart with 99 budget used smartphones with the open Google Maps application.
As a result, on Google Maps, repeating Weckert’s route, a traffic jam existed only in virtuality. The red line on the maps showed that the stream of cars in this place supposedly barely moves (the speed was 2-4 miles per hour).
“Transferring smartphones along the street, I can generate virtual traffic, because of which cars will be sent along a different route. It’s very ironic, but it can cause a real traffic jam elsewhere in the city, ”says the artist.
To carry out his action, Weckert rented 99 budget Android smartphones and purchased 99 SIM-cards for them. To create a nonexistent congestion, he simply walked back and forth through the streets, spending 1-2 hours at each intended point on the route. At the same time, according to his own observations, a minimum period of time was enough for the appearance of congestion on the maps.
It should be noted that Weckert was not the first to think of such sabotage. For example, back in 2016, the publication The washington post talked about a resident of Maryland who was trying to make it easier to drive along his street at rush hour, leaving fake traffic reports and installed speed radars in the Waze app. This got away with him for several weeks, until in the end he got a ban.