Google to animal lovers: no hit-and-run on donkey

Jan 16, 2013
A Google Street View vehicle collects imagery while driving near Centreville, Virginia on June 28, 2012. Google on Wednesday moved to reassure users that no animals were harmed in the making of its popular maps after a street view picture surfaced of a donkey lying on the side of a road.

Google on Wednesday moved to reassure users that no animals were harmed in the making of its popular maps after a street view picture surfaced of a donkey lying on the side of a road.

The message put out Wednesday by the was prompted by reaction to the picture, which gave the impression that a car had run over a donkey on a dirt road while gathering images in Botswana.

In a blog post titled "Never ass-ume," Kei Kawai of Google Maps said the donkey was merely enjoying a roll in the dirt when the car approached.

"Because of the way our 360-degree imagery is put together, it looked to some that our car had been involved in an unseemly hit and run, leaving the humble beast stranded in the road," Kawai said.

"I'm pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well."

His blog post included a set of images showing the donkey standing and moving aside as the Google Maps car neared, and then staring inquisitively at the departing vehicle.

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verkle
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 16, 2013
The google car certainly did not hit the donkey. This is clear by looking at photos taken previous to and after the donkey location, seeing another vehicle pass beforehand, looking at how the dust is kicked up, and knowing that they drive on the left side of the road in Botswana.

Case closed.
ValeriaT
2 / 5 (4) Jan 16, 2013
google car certainly did not hit the donkey
I see, so that donkey died for being photographed....
VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 16, 2013
If hit then that donkey violated Newton's laws of motion by being thrown onto the road (right) when it was to the left of the car.