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Camera-laden Googlemobile takes out three cars in Jakarta

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A Google Street View car managed to crash into three other vehicles whilst out snapping pictures on the streets of Jakarta last weekend.

The Google logo-emblazoned Subaru hatchback was driving through the outskirts of Indonesia's capital when it hit one of the city’s ubiquitous public minibuses, according to AFP.

After accompanying the bus driver to the garage to discuss repairs the Indonesian driver of the Street View car then fled because the repair costs – about 200,000 rupiah (£11) – were too high, a local police chief told the newswire.

However, with the driver of the minibus in pursuit, he only got around two miles down the road before crashing into a second minibus.

By now presumably cursing his luck, and totting up the bank-breaking repair costs in his head, the driver lost concentration and apparently hit a parked truck, before finally giving himself up.

The bizarre hit and run escapade is recreated in a glorious computerised animation by TomoNews here, with pics of the smash online here.

“We take incidents like this very seriously. We're working closely with local authorities to address the situation," said Vishnu Mahmud, head of communications for Google in Indonesia.

Google’s snap-happy cars have had an eventful 2013 so far, papping what appeared to be an Australian couple having sex on the bonnet of their car, driving through the deserted streets of a radioactive town near Fukushima, and even peeking inside Dr Who’s TARDIS. ®

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