Hit and Run: Google may have killed a dog

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Google Street View has caught many interesting things: Fukushima after the nuclear disaster, Mount Everest, a super hero in Japan, and a horse-mask wearing figure. Now it seems they may have caught a dog under their Street View car wheels.

In a set of images on Mezza Bell road in Chile, a dog is shown running across the path of the Google car. The rear cameras later show the dog lying in the middle of the road. It's unclear whether the dog is actually dead, or if it's just playing in the dirt. The mystery is deepened by the fact that the dog changes position from one frame to the next, but then stays lying down for the next set of frames.

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The dog is now facing the other way || Google/Screen capture

Google assured the Telegraph that they were "reviewing the imagery to try to understand and maybe inform what happened.”

But as the Telegraph's deputy head of technology (and former TreeHugger writer!) Matthew Sparkes points out, the possibility of a dog hit is not surprising. Google Street View cars have travelled over 300,000 km in the nooks and crannies of the world, and a road accident was statistically bound to happen at some point.

We'll keep an eye out for what Google has to say.

Tags: Animals | Dogs | Driving | Google | Maps

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