All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Street View’
Google opened up in a blog post today confirming that they have been collecting data from Wi-Fi networks with their Google Maps Street View Cars as they have driven around. This is a subject that has been brought up, but in a recent blog post Google said that it had not been collecting "payload data", but is now saying that it actually has been.
Pick a road, any road. So long as it’s in the UK, there’s a good chance Google will be able to provide you with pictures taken from it. Today, the search giant made much more Street View imagery available, meaning its photographs now cover about 238,000 miles – or 96 percent – of British roads.
The figure below tells most of the story if those numbers don’t do it for you. As you can see, just about every street in the UK has been navigated by camera-equipped cars (along with an assortment of trikes), leading to nearly total coverage.
By and large, Google Maps is great, providing well-plotted directions and up-to-date contact information on demand and free of charge. But slight inaccuracies persist, and to fix this problem, Google will now allow people to reposition markers using Street View instead of just maps and satellite images.
The back-and-forth over Street View in Germany has been fierce at times, with one Google representative recently hinting that the company intended to move forward as long as German authorities didn’t draft laws against the program. But now Google’s given in a bit, offering people a way to keep their properties out of Street View from the start.
About five months ago, Google started a contest to determine where its Street View trike would take pictures in the U.S. Today, Google released some impressive stats concerning participation, and also announced the winning locations.
The European Union has asked Google to revise the way it stores images for its Maps and Street View services, due to privacy concerns.
Google currently keeps all images on Street View for a year, but the EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party wants that time cut in half to no longer than six months.
German objections to Street View date back at least a year and a half, and by all accounts, Google still hasn’t come close to convincing the German government that the program is harmless. Just the same, Google’s announced its intention to move forward with Street View in Germany within the next 10 months.
With the games in Vancouver and Whistler right around the corner, many wonder about the extraordinary view the world’s best skiers and snowboarders experience during the event.
Well to no one’s surprise, Google Maps can now take you there. That’s right, hold on to your helmets, because during February 12-28 anyone around the world can adventure down the trails of Whistler Mountain with the pros.The Street View team has explored a variety of different methods to capture imagery at 7,000 feet.
The main goal of a typical retailer is to draw people inside and sell stuff, not have folks stare at the store’s exterior. It makes a degree of sense, then, that a new report claims something called Google Store Views will continue the tradition of Google Street View within shops.
About 22 months ago, Google was sued over its Street View program by a couple named Aaron and Christine Boring. The entire suit was dismissed a little while later. Now, the Borings have made a small bit of headway with an appeal, but it doesn’t appear that Google has much to worry about.
Google has been granted a quite interesting patent for "Claiming Real Estate in Panoramic or 3D Mapping Environments for Advertising". The company filed the patent back in the summer of 2008. The abstract reads: