Google Street View Car Busted?

June 17, 2008 by
Filed under: Earth, Google, Maps 

So, there’s no exception for Google’s car?

One of the vigilant citizens of California, damianspain, caught one of Google’s street view cars being detained for some sort of traffic violation in San Francisco Bay area. I just found this out when my friend send me a link to this post.

I’m actually impressed on the kind of camera Google is using to snap those ‘street view’ photos for Google Maps and Google Earth. And I wonder when will those Google cars visit Metro Manila, and see the cars myself; though I’m sure the possibility is slim, or will take years before it happens. Most streets here aren’t ‘photogenic’. Sigh.





12 Comments on Google Street View Car Busted?

  1. Reuben on Wed, 25th Jun 2008 2:00 pm
  2. google uses cobalts though…

  3. KC on Wed, 25th Jun 2008 8:04 pm
  4. That’s not a google car. They are all uniform and all black. While hthe cameras are not hidden, they are far from that obvious. I don’t know why that guy has 4 wide view camera mounted on to a roof totem, but he deffinetly isn’t with google.

  5. rhea on Wed, 25th Jun 2008 8:17 pm
  6. It is. If you look closely at car’s right door, there’s a Google logo there. I also know most other Google street view cars are black…but here are other images showing a streetview car that isn’t black.

  7. Andrew on Thu, 26th Jun 2008 9:26 am
  8. That Google logo on the door looks (badly) Photoshopped to me…

  9. rhea on Thu, 26th Jun 2008 10:11 am
  10. Yeah, I had thought of that too… but as I mentioned on my previous comment I saw some street view cars that looked similar to that car that was busted.

    Anyways, here’s the link where the photo (I cropped) came from.

    And here’s one post from Blogoscoped with a photo that showed a streetview’s door with Google logo.

  11. Key West Joe on Wed, 9th Jul 2008 11:09 am
  12. I don’t know about “ALL” Google Streetview cars being black. The one that mapped the keys was gray, as can be seen if you enter ‘878 Center Street Key West Florida’ and look down. In my unproffesional opinion, they all look like rental cars.
    p.s. there’s a glitch in the street view if you go down (south) Duval Street in Key West at address 858 that jumps you over to Center Street and back.

  13. Fleminem on Sat, 4th Oct 2008 3:15 pm
  14. Hi guyz…look: the car u see in the picture is a Google car, and then…yes, there are also black cars in other countries, I mean in Europe (Italy). I’m a Google car driver from Italy, I drive a black car Opel astra model, and I’ve got the same kind of cameras on the top of my car. I can’t tell you nothing more, anyway i think it’s a wonderful job, i like it so much, and i hope to come in the States soon…take it easy…bye.

  15. Pregnancy on Sun, 5th Oct 2008 8:50 pm
  16. Wow so that’s how they do it!I always thought they used the satellite for that. So much less impressive.

  17. Thanksgiving Recipes on Wed, 8th Oct 2008 12:07 pm
  18. who needs a car with a damn camera on it driving around, its bad enough you can type in an address and now actually view the street as if you were standing there. pretty dangerous if you ask me

  19. rhea on Mon, 13th Oct 2008 3:22 pm
  20. @Pregnancy,

    But if they use satellite, I don’t think we will be able to see the pictures as if we are walking the street. The top view I guess, they use satellite, but not the street view.

  21. Xell Tremox on Tue, 11th Aug 2009 2:24 am
  22. hahaha muahah

  23. MyNameIsMike on Wed, 16th Jun 2010 6:08 pm
  24. If you think that is not a Google car, you need to find a reflection of the car taking the pictures in Google earth. That is the exact camera found in a lot of reflections. But then again, bloggers know everything…