In Spain, Google Street View car targeted by tomato throwers

A Google car passes revellers during the annual "Tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on Augus
A Google car passes revellers during the annual "Tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on August 26, 2015

All it wanted was to capture the aftermath of Spain's annual Tomatina festival, but in the end, the Google Street View car turned out to be a ripe target for tomato throwers.

The US firm had wanted to capture before-and-after pictures of the streets in the eastern town of Bunol during the annual festival when thousands of people hurl at each other.

But the reached the area before the hour-long food fight had finished, with dozens of youths clambering on top of it and pelting it with tomatoes, leaving it covered with red goo, online pictures show.

The car's windows and mirrors as well as its cameras were damaged, Spanish media said, but Google said no-one had been injured.

"The Street View team went to the Tomatina festival where they were going to collect images after the tomato fight," the company said.

"Unfortunately there were still people when we arrived with the car, which ended up trapped between the people and suffered some damage."

Bunol mayor Rafael Perez denounced it as an act of vandalism.

Google operates a fleet of vehicles that compile panoramic images of city streets around the world for its Google Maps site.

Some 22,000 revellers from around the world attended Wednesday's festival, hurling a total of 170 tonnes of tomatoes at each other for the 70th anniversary of the "Tomatina".

The festival is traditionally held on last Wednesday in August.


Explore further

Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident

© 2015 AFP

Citation: In Spain, Google Street View car targeted by tomato throwers (2015, August 27) retrieved 22 February 2020 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-spain-google-street-view-car.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
22 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments