Local Audi driver Simon Williams has failed to access his favourite website this morning after it asked him to identify which images contained cyclists.
Williams, a proud Audi A5 owner who regularly commutes to work in busy traffic, is currently unable to access an Audi-owners forum due to the anti-spam Captcha system repeatedly asking him to prove he is not a robot.
He told us, “I don’t get it, I’m not a robot. I know this because here I am talking to you on a satirical website, but the system keeps showing me photos of the street asking me which squares contain bicycles – how can I do that when none of the squares contains a bicycle!
“Every single square is a road that you could just drive down or a junction where you can pull out whenever you feel like it. Is it some sort of trick question? Am I taking part in a Turing test?”
Captcha developer Gary Matthews told us, “Every set of images includes at least one bicycle, ridden or stationary, it’s not a trick question.
“Maybe he can’t see them because all the bicycles are about the size they would be in the mirror of an Audi A5?
“But we have taken on board his feedback, and it does appear that a large number of Audi drivers are being locked out of websites because they simply can’t see the cyclists that are right there in front of them.
“We have been trialling a new Audi-driver-friendly version of our Captcha solution, using images of tiny tiny gaps in traffic, barely big enough a car, as they seem to have no trouble whatsoever spotting those.”