posted on Aug, 3 2018 @ 04:56 PM
Like most people in 2018, I have a smartphone. For some months--probably for longer, but I only really noticed it in the past 8 or 9 months--I get
these random traffic updates on my phone every twice in a while. "Light traffic in your area," for example. Anyhow. A week or so ago I realized that
these messages aren't actually random. In fact, every time my car goes somewhere, even if my phone stays at home, I get a "traffic update."
Now, several people use my car. And as soon as my car moves out of the driveway, my phone gets a traffic update even if I'm sitting in my kitchen and
someone else has the car. Also, each time someone stops, turns off the car, then starts going again, I get another traffic update.
I have a 2012 manual Mazda 2, and the fanciest thing about it is a CD player. It has no tech, not even an mp3 player or remote lock/unlock capability.
I do have a TomTom (which has quit working and is currently unplugged from its power source.) And the car does have a GPS tracker attached to the
underside of it somewhere--put there by the dealership so they can find it if they ever need to repo it--but that shouldn't have anything to do with
Google. So how the hell does GOOGLE know when my car leaves my house? Google knows my car left home even when I don't know myself sometimes! How is
this even possible?