Artist Simon Weckert walked the streets of Berlin tugging a red wagon behind him. Wherever he went, Google Maps showed a congested traffic jam. People using Google Maps would see a thick red line indicating congestion on the road, even when there was no traffic at all. Each and every one of those 99 phones had Google Maps open, giving the virtual illusion that the roads were jam packed.
"By transporting the smartphones in the street I'm able to generate virtual traffic which will navigate cars on another route," Weckert told Motherboard in a Twitter DM. "Ironically that can generate a real traffic jam somewhere else in the city."
Weckert told Motherboard that he did the hack/art installation to get people to think about the space we give to cars in public life and the data we rely on everyday.
"Isn't it crazy [how] much space is used by a car in a city compared to the usage?" he said. "The hack shows us what is possible with this technology and who we rely on."