Google Street View car snaps evidence of itself speeding

Google Street View seems to show a Google car triggering a speed-warning sign in a UK village.

The sign asks speeding driver to slow down.

Photo by Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Perhaps Google Street View should rename itself to Google Speed View. An image found in Street View in the UK village Kempsey shows a sign flashing with a warning that the approaching vehicle is violating the 30 mph limit. It appears the Google Street View car would be the most likely culprit.

Kempsey's district councillor David Harrison told the Worcester News, "They were going over 35 mph in a 30 mph zone - and they've taken their own photograph to prove it. They have managed to incriminate themselves."

It's easy to follow the Street View car's path along scenic Worcester Road into the village. The sign there is all lit up with a red message urging the vehicle to slow down. The image dates to July. The village installed the vehicle-activated sign in 2015.

Kempsey has been battling speeding drivers for some time. A temporary speed indicator sign tested out in 2009 logged 31,000 speeders in a single month.

There won't be a manhunt for the Street View driver. County councillor Roger Sutton told the Worcester News, "It's up to the company to decide if a penalty is given to whoever it was driving."

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