I'm on Google Street View

Have You Seen a Car Like This Near You

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Google Streetview

A couple of weeks ago there was a strange car driving around the town where I live.

Well to be honest the car wasn't strange in itself just the run of the mill car that you see every day on the roads. but it is what was on the car that made it strange.

The car was a blue saloon with a roof rack and on the roof rack was a pole sticking up, at the top of the pole was what looked like a black box, the car was drivng around quite slowly around every single street and avenue in the town.

Google Streetview

The car had a logo on both the drivers and passenger doors "Google" the black box on top of the car was a camera and the camera was taking pictures for Google Earth.

The pictures though are different from any pictures that you can take with a normal camera because these pictures give you a full 360 degrees view, this means that you get to see the wole picture from the front view to the rear view including the right and left side views. you can turn the pictures using your mouse in any direction that you please.

My Street on Google Earth

Street View

Although the Google car was around my town the pictures have not been added to Google Earth just yet and my street as you can see, in the picture on the right, can only be seen via the older ariel view.

I look forward to when Google do add my street to Google earth and I hope to see myself there even if they blur out my face to protect my Privacy.

I am sure that I will be in the picture simply because I saw the car and with all of the technology in the car I am positive that if I saw the car then it must have seen me too.

When Google Earth does update our town I will post the updated picture here even if I didn't make it into the picture.

Minna Street San Fransisco

Are You On Google Streetview?

Have you seen the Google car in your town recently? are you one of the blurred out faces on the map? let us all know using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Let us know where you are on streetview and we can come on and see you too.

Let us all become the people of streetview lets put a name to the blurred out faces lets have some fun and please let us know if you see anyone who is famous on streetview.

LOOK AT THE PICTURE ABOVE

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

One of my neighbours up the street in Belfast is in her front window staring out. She's aged a bit since the last time I saw her. . .


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Yes, I am-- My daughter-in-law found me. I'm coming back from my mailbox, and it had to be a couple of years ago, summertime that the scenes were shot. I don't remember the car, but I did look at it.


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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

Cool guys I hope that I make it too lol.....jimmy


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Amazing Jimmy. I guess I'll have to look around the house for my old Lone Ranger mask so Google won't recognize me when their camera car comes along. I've pretty much given up on any possibility of maintaining my privacy, but this is the end... definitely the end.


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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi William, there are a lot of people out there who agree that Streetview is an invasion of privacy and in some way i do agree but they do blur out faces.


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

I had a great time playing with Google Earth last month. I found my grandmother's street and I could look up at her old flat and retrace the steps that I took the year I lived there. I even found my old school. I didn't see any people though :)


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Cathy 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

Nice info Hub. I'll be on the watch for the car AND people in the images, including you now, JimmytheJock...


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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

Thanks Cathy, I hope to see you on there too.....jimmy


newsworthy 7 years ago

JTJ, glad that you asked if we've seen the google car. As a mattter of fact, I was just talking about google earth shots with a client. He sees his truck with him in it on google earth and wonders when it was taken.

I said to him that there was no way google could send that many people out on the road to take photos and came to a sudden conclusion that those shots were zoomed by satellite.

Thanks for clearing up google daytime discussions for me. I will have to let the client know that you saw the google car.


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helenathegreat 7 years ago from Manhattan

My best friend is dragging a cart across West 114th Street in NYC on Google Street View. It was the coolest thing.


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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

Glad to help newsworthy, even if it was by a coincidence lol.....jimmy


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

keep in mind there is a difference between Google Earth and Google Maps-- I don't know if Earth has street views that you can travel-- but maps does.

I find it incredibly helpful when going to an unfamiliar place, to get a visual of the neighborhood streets-- so I can recognize the business  or building I am looking for.

The personal privacy thing is a little freaky.. I guess Big Brother is here-- almost. It is not in real time...yet.


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

It's not in real time for us, but you can bet it's in real time for Google -- and for the military and, soon if not now, for law enforcement.


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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I really like Google earth, I can't see any harm in it personally although I understand that some people may see it as an intrusion especially if they end up on the Internet.


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jimmythejock 7 years ago from Scotland Author

Thanks for commenting guys, some claim that street view is a great tool for terrorists what do you think?.....jimmy


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

I know a family and the dog who are all in their driveway on google earth, pretty cool!


jacobt2 7 years ago

I am outside doing some yard work in my google street view. 3 of my other family members are outside in the picture with me...its kinda wild!


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caoshub 7 years ago from Portugal

Great view. I cannot see my house yet :(


J morgan 7 years ago from Mississippi

i acually wrecked into a google car one time a while back. The car looked similar to the one in the photo. I was going around a curve to fast in my camaro and the google car was parked in the road and i slammed into the back of it. Luckly no body was hurt tho, except my beloved camaro and the weird google car.


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twinkle88 7 years ago

I think, you felt very excited when you saw those pictures in Google street view. Its a different feeling.


ryankett 7 years ago

Streetview is ace!


ryankett 7 years ago

Streetview is ace!


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4ever Mo 7 years ago

Was looking for a new home and its amazing how you can go to the location virtually and check out the street and house(the outside) before I did that physically. It's a good thingfor that reason.


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Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Hi jimmy, I just wrote this and then signed in and now have to do again. Oh well Here goes again.

I knew they were doing this ages ago but I am not sure it is right. What if an ex wanted to follow and see what I was up to.(no ex still married) Just and idea. Or a stalker could watch everything that a person was doing.

Shouldnt that be illegal. I know my daughter googled our house once and saw that my son was having a party at our place while we were away. What about the privacy act


fahktoit 6 years ago

I don't think it's Google Earth, but Google Maps.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I obtained an iPhone, and I am very impressed that the google map can find the exact location of my phone in real time. It even shows the address and house from the arial view. So, thieves beware, me and Google will get my phone right back!

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