When your job is to drive a car down every street on the planet, taking photos to create a map of everything on earth, you’re probably going to accidentally hit some animals that dart out in front of you.
That may have happened on a dusty road in Chile as Google’s Street View mapping cars were recording Meza Bell 2815-2861 in the Quinta Normal, Región Metropolitana. (We first saw this as a direct link on Hckrnews.)
WARNING: Some of these images might be a little upsetting. We can’t confirm what happened exactly, but it doesn’t look good for the dog. There is one ray of hope. One image suggests that the dog may merely have been rolling in the dust as the car went by — that scenario happened with a donkey that everyone thought in 2013 had been hit by a Google Street View car.
On Street View, here’s what you can see as the car heads along Meza Bell toward the upcoming intersection with Lazo de la Vega.
That little doggy sure is cute, but it’s right in front of the car!
As the car passes by, the dog disappears … there’s a blur on the image … oh, dear …
Now we are looking backward at the spot where the dog was. (There is a person and another dog near that red car, and they seem to have noticed something.) That little dog doesn’t look good at all …
We’re still looking out the rearview as the car moves farther toward the intersection. We’ve enlarged this image from a distance. The dog appears to have changed position, suggesting that it survived.
Now we’re even farther away, but the dog has yet to move again.
We asked Google for comment, and we’ll update this story if we hear back.
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