Google Street View car sandwiched by two buses and a truck in Indonesia

One of Google’s Street View cars has collided with two buses and a truck in Indonesia whilst trying to gather information for one strand of its mapping service.

The BBC reports that the driver hit one bus then went into a state of “panic” when the bus driver responded angrily before trying to drive off, according to Police.

When the driver tried to do so they ploughed into another bus and then a truck with it so far unclear as to whether anyone was injured in the incident, which Google has already confirmed took place.

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

Other confirmation came by way of photos posted on an Indonesian forum that showed pictures of the smashed up vehicle with the windscreen looking to have suffered worst.

The incident is the second time this year that an accident has been blamed on the Street View car with the search giant having to defend itself against claims its team ran over a helpless donkey in Botswana, Africa.

Even more recently, and in the same part of the world as the latest incident, the driver of a Google Street View car was detained by Thai villagers that mistakenly assumed the Google employee was a surveyor for a dam building company. The driver was later released when the villagers realised he was from Google’s Street View service.

Google has also had to defend the service against claims that it collected private communications data using unsecured Wi-Fi networks whilst gathering images for Street View between 2008 and 2010.

They apologised for collecting the data, which they insisted was a mistake, but the US federal appeals court ruled against Google’s claims that it didn’t violate wiretap laws.