Google Maps Street View car swept away in US floods
Video and pictures of the vehicle showed it submerged up to its roof
A car used to map roads for Google Street View has been swept away by floods in West Texas, local police have revealed.
Images and video of the stricken vehicle have been shared across social media, showing the car submerged almost to its roof.
Schleicher County Sheriff's Department said that a Google-owned car with a mapping system attached had become submerged on US Highway 190, about 45 miles south of San Angelo.
Local media reported that the driver had made it to safety with the help of passers by.
"[The driver went around a barricade marked road closed and subsequently drifted off the roadway into the bar ditch where water levels were much deeper," Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran told Dallas News.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Independent but the firm's website dedicated to Street View reveals that its cars have been operating in that area of Texas since January 2018.
The website states: "Because of factors outside our control (weather, road closures, etc), it is always possible that our cars may not be operating, or that slight changes may occur."
Floods in the area appear to have come as a result of heavy rainfall in the region between 15 October and 17 October.
It is not the first time that a Google Street View vehicle has been caught up in trouble, with several cars involved in accidents since the mapping project was launched in 2017.
In September 2013, a Google-operated car in Bogor, Indonesia, collided with two public transport buses and reportedly tried to drive off.
In November 2012, Google was forced to deny claims that one of its Street View cars ran over a donkey in Botswana.