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No injuries were reported

A Google Street View car recently went on a hit-and-run spree in Indonesia, only stopping after crashing into a truck. 

The Google Street View car, which was driven by an unnamed Indonesian man, was involved in three vehicle accidents on Wednesday. He first hit a minivan just outside of Jakarta in the Bogor region, according to AFP. 

The Google Street View driver allegedly stopped after this first incident, and went with the minivan driver to an auto repair shop to have the damages looked at. But the Google driver panicked over the potential cost of such repairs, and fled the scene. 

The minivan driver followed the Google car for approximately 3km before the Street View vehicle hit yet another minivan. 

The Google car didn't stop after the second hit. Instead, he continued on until he finally crashed into a parked truck. This was the third and final hit in the chase. 

The front of the Google vehicle was damaged after the three hits, and the windshield had been smashed in. 

"We take the safety of our Street View operations very seriously, and though we're glad everyone is OK and that no serious injuries were reported, we're sorry for any damage caused," said Google in a statement. 

This isn't the first time a Google Street View car has gotten into trouble. Back in January of this year, one of the vehicle's was blamed for hitting a donkey in India

Sources: ZDNet, AFP

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Kind of Silly
By DaveLessnau on 9/16/2013 11:09:41 AM , Rating: 5
It seems kind of silly to flee the scene of an accident when you're driving a car that's taking pictures of what's around that car. Did he think no one would figure things out? No one at Google would look at the pictures and see the accidents?

RE: Kind of Silly
By ClownPuncher on 9/16/2013 11:52:20 AM , Rating: 5

RE: Kind of Silly
By Schrag4 on 9/16/2013 12:00:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, what I came here to post. If you weren't driving the Google car, how many hit-and-run accidents do you suppose you'd have to cause in a day to get media attention? Probably more than 3 if they could all be driven away from. Dunno.

RE: Kind of Silly
By ClownPuncher on 9/16/2013 1:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
The roads are full of insane drivers in Indonesia. You guys think all those Russian dash cam videos are crazy? Some from Indonesia are starting to filter their way onto the internet.

RE: Kind of Silly
By ritualm on 9/16/2013 10:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't doubt it. What we'd call aggressive, reckless driving here in North America is actually very normal and polite in parts of China. Even the trucks there ignore posted speed limits.

I thought this article was a prank.
By bupkus on 9/16/2013 12:25:16 PM , Rating: 3
I was under the impression Google cars were computer driven which momentarily made me chuckle then wonder about it "fleeing the scene..."

RE: I thought this article was a prank.
By zhivaji on 9/16/2013 12:51:18 PM , Rating: 5
me too.. it'd been cool to see what would be the logic to get away..

if (accident) {
if (i_m_cause_of_accident) {
if (can_i_get_away == yes) {
flee the scene;

RE: I thought this article was a prank.
By razzyibah on 9/16/2013 4:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
LMBO ;) I was having such a great laugh for the programming logic you created for the Google automated car to the point I had to register to reply to you. Thanks for the great humor. i myself found the initial highlight to refer to the automated car and would have found more humor in its malfunction without injury...

By Samus on 9/17/2013 11:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
LOL @ assess situation...can I get away?

eventually all machines are going to start asking that very question!

By Captain Awesome on 9/16/2013 12:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love to see the streetsview footage from this, just normal everyday street activity and then destruction and then people watching the streetsview car and trying to get out of the way. And it ends with a donkey mysteriously dying.

RE: streetsview
By DaSpyda on 9/16/2013 1:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
"Aw, that'll Photoshop out, no problem..."

By foxalopex on 9/16/2013 12:28:48 PM , Rating: 3
For a second I thought it was one of Google's self-drive automated cars that went on a crime spree but it turns out it's a regular, er more like "crazy" driver that did. I wonder if this gives Google more justification to use their self-driving cars instead of people. With drivers like that I think I'd be more willing to trust a computer.

LOL...I am not surprised
By retrospooty on 9/16/2013 11:56:53 AM , Rating: 2
Serious madness on the roads over there. No lanes, no rules, just a total free for all. I have been in several cars in Indonesia (driven by company drivers, and in Taxi's). It's scarier than the scariest roller coaster I have ever been on. My co-worker joked "My ass is clinging to the seat like a vice grip... When I get up, I am taking a chunk of the seat with me"

By SlyNine on 9/16/2013 5:12:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think this guy is living one of my bad dreams lol!

By ssobol on 9/16/2013 8:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Get hit by a Google car....the lawyers say $$$$$Ka-Ching$$$$$

Maybe this is why Google is so interested in self-driving cars.

when he returns
By raphd on 9/16/2013 9:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
when he returns to work, I bet he will have a whole bunch of "were you in a car accident recently?" ads.

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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