Charles Arthur 

German artists attach GPS device to Google Street View car – hilarity ensues

Sticking a GPS tracker on the Street View car is the way to find out where it is ...
  
  

Want to know where the Google Street View car is? In the UK, there was a collaborative effort to track it through pictures and crowdsourced maps when it was over here collecting the pictures for Google Nostalgia (ah, those days when Woolworths was open).

But a team of German artist-pranksters – the self-assigned Free Art & Technology group – has done rather better: while the Street View car was idling outside their offices, they nipped over and attached a GPS device to it.

The result: for a while on Sunday you could see in real time just where it was, and the group also generated a map showing where it had been. (Or see the really large map.)

Much hilarity ensued, although Google obviously got wise to it and seem to have removed it. (Either that or they've been parked since Sunday, which seems unlikely.)

The fabulous irony being their instruction to people to: "Come help us find and tell your friends about the evils being committed by Google's streetviews car and crew."

Which they've plotted on a … Google Map.

Update Weds 10 Feb: the hilarity, it turns out, will have been at F.A.T, as this was a hoax. See Google's statement in our later blogpost- it doesn't do Street View shooting at this time of year as conditions aren't good enough.