Google's Street View Car Stopped By The Japanese Police

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Google Street View is filled with all sorts of strange things. But one of the less odd things is the Google car getting stopped by the Japanese police.

If you've ever driven in Japan, you'll know that the speed traps often include unmanned radar guns stationed somewhat away from the actual police. There will be one police officer to flag your butt down and another sitting at a table, waiting for you to fill out paperwork. It's slightly different from what I remember about the US, where there was usually an officer with a radar gun in a squad car. If you drive a lot in Japan, you're bound to get stopped.

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Website Afternoon News points to this Street View in Hokkaido, Japan that shows the moment the Google Car got pulled over. It's unclear if the Google car was actually breaking the law.

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Out of seemingly nowhere, a wild police officer appears. In dramatic GIF form!

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Oh, hi radar gun we just passed.

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Here's a better look at the policeman, blowing a whistle and directing the car to pull over.

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

And there's the other officer waiting for us.

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Oh no, he's certainly not hiding, because that would be sneaky and unfair.

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

The police car in the background. It's not hidden either. You can clearly see it once you get up close.

But! If you move forward from this point, there's no more police officer, no more police sitting at the table, no radar gun and no squad car. Here, have a look:

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police
Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

The weather goes from somewhat overcast to sunny. It looks like the Google Car filmed this on another day. Or maybe just had a very long chat with the police. Yes, that must be it.

Speeding is bad! Google car or not, don't do it.


Comments

    V I D E O G A M E S

      what ARE these "video games" you speak of?
      Why - I only come here for the inane filler about completely rubbish Japanese happenings, totally unrelated to gaming, which have been expertly 'copied and pasted' by a rampant Japanophile seemingly devoid of any journalistic talent.
      Because all gamers are totally obsessed with Japan... right?

    1. Surprised google doesn't fit their cars with radar detectors (legal in japan).
    2. Speed limits in Japan are a joke! They're set for bad weather conditions (eg heavy snow) so in fine weather they're pointless.
    3. No one in Japan drives under the limit unless there's a radar and they have a radar detector.

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