Google Maps: ‘Centre of universe’ spotted on Street View – what is this?

Google Maps is a great navigation tool where you can visit nearly anywhere on the planet. However sometimes, while users are on the site, they spot strange things that are left without an answer. Posting on Reddit, one eagle-eyed Google Maps user shared a photo of a desolate road surrounded by greenery.

So what has happened here, has Google really discovered the centre of the universe?

Unfortunately there is no instant or exact explanation for this scene that has been spotted.

Although Google Maps users did take to the comments on the post to explain what it could be.

One person commented: “It looks like an ai algorithm trained to isolate and label objects in the picture.”

Another said: “Seems like they used that specific location for AI Training to spot things to make sure they only blurred faces and not things like wet grass and the street.

“They obviously didn’t blue each face individually so they had to sacrifice a few locations to train the AI to be more accurate.”

What appeared to be very humorous to many users has actually turned out to be something rather important.

Google takes its privacy very seriously with the blurring of faces, number plates and even houses if you want yours to be blurred.

This means that this desolate scene was the pinpoint of their artificial intelligence training.

One house that has been blurred out is that of a house in Kansas City, Missouri.

The property has been completely hidden from every angle. The car is also completely hidden, no details reveal what make of car it may be.

Google Maps website states: “Google takes a number of steps to protect the privacy of individuals when Street View Imagery is published to Google Maps.

“If you see that your face or license plate requires additional blurring, or if you would like us to blur your entire house, car, or body, submit a request using the “Report a problem” tool.”


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