Google Maps Street View was developed in 2007 and allows users to navigate their way around the world at street level. It works by taking multiple mages of an area and stitching them together in post-production to create a 360-degree virtual world.
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Usually, the cameras are attached to cars and driven around the streets of the world.
While the feature is known for capturing people off guard, often revealing unexpected and bizarre scenarios, occasionally people notice the camera resulting in hilarious results.
In Sweden, one man’s hilarious reaction to the camera was snapped and lives on in Street View forever.
It happened in the town of Lugano, Switzerland where a construction worker was working on a task along with a friend when he appears not have noticed Google’s car zooming on by.
The man, stood at the side of the road assisting with some roadside works, can be spotted wearing red trousers, a checkered jacket, and a baseball cap.
The moment he first notices the car is obvious, as even though Google’s privacy facial blur, his open mouth is easily noticeable.
However, it is the following moment, which is captured as the car drives away from him, which causes the most humour.
The man appears to be in a state of disarray.
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He stands, mouth still agape, his hands either side of his head.
Is he left concerned that he has been caught on camera?
Or is he feeling sad he missed his chance to create a hilarious scenario for Street View users to happen upon?
The moment was shared on Reddit, where users have come up with their own back story to what might have happened.
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The user who found the moment said: “When you realise that you’re going to be on Google Street View but you have nothing funny planned.”
Another described the scene as “the funniest thing I have seen all day.”
Someone else begged the question: “Isn’t there something that shows you when the Google car’s gonna come to your area next?”
Indeed, if you are keen not to miss your chance on the camera there is a way you can find out if the Google car will be driving in your neighbourhood.
On Google Maps’ explore page it tells users where the Google car is heading next, and for how long it will be there.
However, the page only offers a “time period” and does not outline a specific date and time, which means you could be waiting for quite some time.
On the other hand, while there are those who are eager to be snapped by the camera, others seem to be caught off guard.
One man in Poland was spotted sunbathing in a very brazen ensemble, which could leave him red-cheeked if he discovered the moment was immortalised on Google Maps forever.
The man was snapped wearing just his underpants while relaxing on a park bench.
Luckily Google Maps’ privacy function means that all people captured on camera automatically have their face blurred, to protect their identity.
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