Did Google run over this dog over with Street View car?
Google’s Street View photography cars have driven 300,000km to grab images of almost every road, street and avenue in the world – so it was inevitable that there would eventually be an accident.
After all, the cars are driven by humans, not Google’s own near-infallible automated driving software.
Now it seems that one of the cars – equipped with sophisticated 360-degree cameras – may have run over a dog on a quiet suburban street in Chile.
As you virtually travel down a road called Meza Bell you can clearly see a yellow dog sprinting in front of the car (in Chile people drive on the right-hand side of the road). Take a step forward along the street and all you can see where you would expect the dog to be is an inconclusive blur.
Further down the road, from the car’s rear-facing cameras, you can see the same dog laying down near the pavement. What happened between those two images, and the eventual fate of the dog, is unknown. But Google is investigating.
A spokesperson told the Telegraph: “We've taken security measures and have guidelines in place to protect people, and animals, as we drive thousands of kilometres to bring useful and relevant information to maps users around the world.
“We are reviewing the imagery to try to understand and maybe inform what happened,” they said.
It is not the first time that unusual sights have been caught by Google's Street View cars. In April last year a young couple was apparently caught having sex on the bonnet of a car beside a busy Australian road.
The relaxed nature of the pair - she waving to the camera, he draining the last gulp from what appears to be a bottle of beer - led many to believe the image was just a prank.
Other highlights have included a superhero napping on a bench in Japan, a mysterious figure wearing a horse mask in Aberdeen and a man with two heads and three legs in Yorkshire.
In 2010 a young girl caused a local panic in Worcester when images of her lying on the pavement led to concerns that there had been a death in the street. It was later confirmed that she had just been playing with friends.