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Google Street View Car goes on accident rampage

Driver hits two buses and a parked car on duty in Indonesia

Published September 15, 2013

A Google Street View car taking images of streets in Bogor, Indonesia, hit two public transport buses and a truck before the driver fled in a “panic” on Friday, news agencies report.

The car driver allegedly hit the first bus, appeared to “panic” when the bus driver responded angrily, and tried to flee the scene.

But in the process he struck a second bus, and then a parked truck,  according to BBC News and to eyewitnesses who later posted photos to an Indonesian website.

The driver was arrested after clipping the third vehicle, although he has since been released.

The tech giant has been taking photos of the region for its mapping service since November 2012. Google confirmed that “an incident” has taken place, but it’s unclear whether anyone was injured.

It’s not the first time Google Street View, which allows users to zoom in on real-life everyday images recorded with roof-mounted cameras, has landed in hot water.

Earlier this year, Google denied reports that one of its Street View cars had run over a donkey in Botswana.

Street View photos appeared to show the animal walking by the roadside in one shot and then lying on its side behind the car in another.

“Because of the way our 360-degree imagery is put together, it looked to some that our car had been involved in an unseemly hit-and-run,” wrote Kei Kawai, Group Product Manager for Google Maps, in a blog post at the time.

He said the donkey was lying in the path “enjoying a dust bath” and moved safely aside as the car drove past.

“I’m pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well,” he added.

Images of an Australian couple having sex on the hood of a car on a highway appeared on Street View in April, and in March, Google struck a deal with U.S. authorities to pay a $7 million fine for collecting people’s personal data for Street View without authorization, according to the U.K’s Daily Mail.

With files from BBC.com

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