Items tagged with Street View

Recently, Google's Street View expanded to all seven continents. Where could it possibly go next? To places that aren't accessible via car. While Street View has done a tremendous job of providing an up-close view of locations by sending camera-equipped cars to record images, the one thing that cannot be recorded by car is anything off of the street. You may think that's not too big of a deal, but there are actually quite a few monuments and addresses that could benefit from having Street View, but can't because of a lack of road leading there. Look at Stonehenge in England. To get a Street View... Read more...
It's not often that lawsuits end in $1 payouts, but that's what has happened with Google and a Pennsylvania couple. Back in 2008, Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google because a Street View car, which drives around takes 360-degree shots of street surroundings in order to show on Google Maps, invaded their privacy. According to the couple, the car didn't pay attention to a "Private Road; No Trespassing" sign, and they weren't too pleased. After fighting back and forth for two years now, Google finally agreed to pay up. But the settlement is just $1! The couple said that they're glad to have this... Read more...
Particularly over the past few months, Google has run into a few issues over privacy. The main issue that got them into hot water was a realization that their Street View cars had inadvertently collected Wi-Fi data while cruising, picking up some rather private information along the way. Google has become a large enough company now that people can reasonably question whether or not they should be collecting all of this private/location data, and Google's clearly aware of that. In an effort to control the damage and the fallout, and to regain the trust of anyone who had considered giving up on their... Read more...
Oh boy, this won't go over well. Just as the weekend was getting set to kick into high gear, Google dropped one more bombshell for the news crowd to hop on. The company, which has seen lots of criticism lately over botched privacy efforts (most recently involving Google Buzz's auto-add friend feature), is about to be blasted once more after admitting that they actually cataloged Wi-Fi data while collecting information via Google Street View cars. All of this started nine days ago, when the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the Wi-Fi data that the company's Street... Read more...
Google's Street View product has gain notoriety worldwide, but not always for good reasons. People at some locations have even chased the Street View car out of the area. But in Japan, due to privacy reasons (and short fences), critics have risen to the fore. Yes, Google was using cameras which were just a tad bit too tall for Japanese fences, which meant they looked into quite a few backyards. So Google has agreed to lower the cameras, and reshoot, which will cost a pretty penny, as Google has already shot in Sapporo, Hakodate, Sendai, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.... Read more...
Google’s Street View feature hasn’t always received the most positive reception. For instance, we’ve heard plenty of stories of people asking Google to remove images of their homes from the feature because of privacy concerns. This is a new one, however: Angry residents in Buckinghamshire village have chased a Google Street View car out of the area. The car was taking photos of Broughton in Buckinghamshire for the Street View service when Paul Jacobs, a local resident, spotted it. He asked the car not to enter the village. Apparently, the driver of the car wasn’t deterred, because Jacobs later... Read more...
In April of 2008, Aaron and Christine Boring (yes, that's really their last name) sued Google over an alleged privacy violation after a Street View image of their property was posted to the web. They had what seemed to be a flimsy case, and the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania agreed, as it dismissed the case on Tuesday (.PDF). Ironically, by filing the lawsuit, the Borings exposed themselves and their property (at 1567 Oakridge Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237) to the public. Not that anyone would look up their house on Google Maps or anything. Their suit was made still flimsier by the fact that... Read more...
Google sends cars around to take pictures of streets for the Street View service, and sometimes they take pictures that we would prefer not to see, but usually the car itself is not involved.In this case, sadly, the car was involved in an accident, and the accident involved a deer. Surprisingly, the Street View car continued to take pictures, and unfortunately, Google posted those pictures to the Web. The images were taken on Five Points Road in Rush, New York. It took a while; who knows how long those images were there, but once the news got out about them, Google received several complaints and... Read more...
We are often annoyed by what we call "tachyon emitter technology" on shows such as C.S.I., where police might focus in on say, a retinal image reflected in a mirror, blowing it up 500x without any pixelation. But in this case, some real-life tech was used, as Massachusetts authorities used GPS and Google Street View to find a missing girl, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Rose M. Maltais, 52, had allegedly kidnapped her granddaughter, Natalie, 9. They had been missing since Saturday January 3rd when when Maltais picked up her grandchild for a weekend visit. Athol Police Officer... Read more...
From July 5th through July 27th, the Tour de France will be running. I'm not going to be heading over there to watch, and although they'll be plenty of coverage, what if we want take a look at the route from a spectator's view? Google's thought about that, and has provide a Street View of the entire route. Google's blog post announcing the launch gives us the info: With this launch, you can now follow the race through each of the 21 stages with just a click of a mouse and enjoy a perspective similar to what your favorite cyclists see as they wind through France's majestic mountains, vivacious cities,... Read more...
Since its unveiling in May of 2007, Google's Street View has hit a few bumps in the road, including being told to "keep out" of an entire town, to being sued over privacy by a Pennsylvania couple, to being told to stay out of military bases. This particular incident is more humorous than anything else. Who is standing at the corner of 3186 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville, near Oakland, California? Some think they may be working women, coining the nickname “Streetview Hookers.”Google Street View launched May 25, 2007 in five cities and has since expanded to 40 cities. The Google Maps addition... Read more...
North Oaks, Minn. is a small town of 4,500 residents. According to its web site, its residential roads are all privately-owned, and because of this unique situation it has requested that Google take down all Street View images of its roads."It's not the hoity-toity folks trying to figure out how to keep the world away," said Mayor Thomas Watson. "They really didn't have any authorization to go on private property."Since the introduction of Google Maps' Street View last spring, the feature has caused controversy in several cities and with the federal government. The Pentagon banned Google Maps from... Read more...
Ever wish you could get a view of possible landmarks when getting directions from a mapping site or program?  Well, Google's heard your plea, and has added Street View to directions in Google Maps.Driving directions and Street View have been separate features of the search engine's Google Maps site. By combining them, Google said users can now get a better picture of their route alongside turn by turn information. Users simply click camera icons to get photos of the route along with an arrow showing which way to go. At the end of the line, the last view is a green marker that shows you've... Read more...
Google's Street View has been at the center of privacy concerns, so this is just the latest story in that chain ... but why would guards let them onto a base in the first place?A person familiar with the matter at Fort Sam Houston said a base official twice granted Google access, but only after he was assured that Google would not videotape or photograph the historic base, which serves as a medical-training and support post. The official had believed an online map would be useful to guide visitors. "Unfortunately, Google didn't follow the rules," said the person, who requested anonymity because... Read more...
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