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Google Street View car catches itself speeding in Scotland

Google Street View car has captured itself speeding while driving down a quiet residential street in Glasgow.

The car appears to exceed the 30mph speed limit on St George’s Road to the west of the city thanks to its own photograph of a speedometer reading 37mph shortly before it enters a 20mph zone.

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It was driving around the city in July 2015, and the captured image is still available to view on Street View.

It is the latest incident of Street View appearing to catch a criminal in the act, although possibly the first where it managed to dob itself in.

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In August 2013 Police Scotland were called after someone spotted what appeared to be a murder on Edinburgh’s Giles Street captured by Google Street View, complete with an image of a man holding a pick axe handle standing over an apparently lifeless body Eftcrop.

Upon investigation, they found mechanics Dan Thompson and Gary Kerr had staged the grisly scene after recognising the Google car all the way back in August 2012.

“I recognised the Google car coming into the street from the camera tower on the top,” said Mr Thompson.
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Dan Thomson and Gary Kerr had decided to take advantage of the Google Street View camera and posed for the picture when they saw one of the cars coming Credit: google

“This opportunity wasn’t coming around very often so Gary grabbed a pick axe handle and we ran out into the street.

“Giles Street is in a U-shape so we had about a minute before it would pass us. It had to go around a car park to take various shots so that gave us some time.

“We decided really quickly what to do and I lay down while Gary stood over me with a pick axe handle.”

Google started driving its camera-equipped cars around the US in 2007 to photograph roads and streets to build up an efficient map of the world’s urban and rural areas.

It has been blurring out the faces of people captured on camera to protect their identity since 2008, and has partnered with numerous businesses, including British Airways, to provide a sneak peek into their premises.