Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

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Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#1 Post by Howie » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:16 pm

Hi all,

Keep a look out for a black VW bug (late model) with a 360 camera mounted on top

similar to this
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They could be here, to map the street level view of Adelaide.. should be nice with the trams and vic square all looking pretty :) Massive publicity for the city if this is true.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#2 Post by Norman » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:37 pm

I'd still prefer if WLM made some Birds Eye Views of Adelaide and surroundings.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#3 Post by Al » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:33 pm

Did you actually see this car? Otherwise how do you know it's in Adelaide?

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#4 Post by Howie » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:35 pm

reported on overclockers australia, and it's doing the rounds in brisbane at the moment. apparently it's suppose to be low key, now announcements.. something about the controversy it made when it hit cnn in america. they don't want a repeat.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#5 Post by rev » Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:09 am

How exactly does this street view feature work? Never seen/used it.. :?:

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#6 Post by Howie » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:13 am

It's awesome.. check out Chicago.. it's like being there.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... _medium=ha

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#7 Post by Howie » Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:17 am

Btw, spotted in perth yesterday.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#8 Post by Edgar » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:42 am

Pretty cool, I would expect them to run down King William St only?
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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#9 Post by Howie » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:58 am

They'll do the entire CBD at least, that's what they've done in most cities around the world so far.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#10 Post by Howie » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:33 am

Google working to make Street View anonymous

By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

In the face of ethical concerns, Google is considering changes to its Street View Google Maps feature that would protect the privacy of those it photographs.

When Street View is rolled out in Europe, Google will alter Street View photos to make sure that faces and license plate numbers are no longer visible, and the company is also thinking about doing the same with the U.S. version of the product, said Jane Horvath, senior privacy counsel with Google.

Developed by Immersive Media, Street View lets users click on a city street and then see a panoramic photograph of the area. The pictures are taken by special 360-degree cameras roof-mounted on Volkswagen Beetles that cruise around town, constantly snapping photographs. The photos are often so clear that people on the street can be identified.

Soon after its May launch, photographs of scantily clad women and men apparently entering adult book stores or strip clubs appeared, and privacy advocates complained that the Street View was invasive. Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Kevin Bankston was photographed by the service and was among those who complained.

Google responded by creating a way for people to remove their photos, but in many other countries the company will have to take the more aggressive privacy measures. “In other jurisdictions … like Canada and the E.U., when we launch our product there, we’ll be under an obligation to ensure that faces are not recognizable, nor are license tags,” Horvath said at a Thursday discussion at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. “As we launch those products we will be thinking within our product teams whether this is something that we’d like to do within the U.S. also.”

Street View maps are available for 15 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

In the U.S., Google can legally publish photographs taken in public places without securing permission from people who happen to pop up in the shots, but this practice violates privacy laws in many other countries.

And even if it’s legal, some may still be uncomfortable with the photographs, Horvath admitted.

“It’s sort of that ‘ick’ feeling that something makes you feel uncomfortable,” she said. “Our products are not static and we’re always open to changing them to make sure our users feel comfortable and trust us with their information.”

“I think this calls into question the whole idea of whether privacy is something that needs to be regulated by law or if there’s this other concept of privacy that we need to look at, which is the right to autonomy.”

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#11 Post by Howie » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:41 am

Spotted again today...


Posted on OCAU... "Spotted black hatch with google on it and the pole on the roof driving around ovingham/brompton this afternoon. I wonder if it got me driving in my blue prius..."

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#12 Post by AtD » Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:59 pm

I spotted the car in Woden (Canberra's south) last week.

Has anyone else noticed, in Google Maps, the roof of 223 North Terrace is blurred? I wonder why that is...

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#13 Post by Howie » Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:23 pm

Is it blurred? I'm looking at it in Google Earth right now, looks okay here i think.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#14 Post by AtD » Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:31 pm

It's blurred in both Google Maps and Earth for me. If I remember correctly, there's a roof-top courtyard, but it appears totally blank. There's no air con units or anything.

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Re: Google Maps Street View Car spotted in Adelaide

#15 Post by Howie » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:05 pm

Is there? I've never been to the top, didn't realise there was anything up there. Wouldn't make sense to blank it out though.

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