Google Streetview

December 2nd, 2008 at 11:35 am by David Farrar

Well it is here, and they have done an amazing job of havign seamless photos from cars driving through.

The Beehive and Bowen House as captured on Street View.

You can see my apartment block on the right, and lots of activity on the street as people were arriving for school at Queen Margarets. In some of the photos you can almost make out who it is – not enough for a stranger to recognise someone, but for friends to be able to work out who was pictured.

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19 Responses to “Google Streetview”

  1. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    They don’t go down my street (my end of it anyway). Bummer.

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  2. Hoolian (164 comments) says:

    Does any one know how they do this? Its incredible.

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  3. Redbaiter (11,880 comments) says:

    “They don’t go down my street (my end of it anyway). Bummer.’

    Strangely, council refuse depots don’t have a lot of curiosity value.

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  4. jacob van hartog (300 comments) says:

    WE can pick out Redbaiters neighborhood by the vultures circling overhead

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  5. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    Strangely, council refuse depots don’t have a lot of curiosity value.

    How droll!

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  6. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    Does any one know how they do this? Its incredible.

    There’s a google trike with a 360 degree camera mounted on it, it just drives around all day taking pictures.

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  7. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    What it really needs is a first person shooter add on.

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  8. Rich Prick (1,750 comments) says:

    I am so pleased my lawns were done!!

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  9. getstaffed (8,040 comments) says:

    Actually, llew isn’t far from it. There is usually a car parked here in Hataitai, Wellington which has a tripod camera mounted on the roof… with (and this is the giveaway) a locked hood over it bearing the name ‘Google’.

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  10. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    You can even go through the Mt Victoria tunnel – you may notice a Dr Who vibe as you do so.

    I’ve yet to read a satisfactory explanation for why the Google nerds are trying to capture and put together an ever-more complex representation of the entire world on the computer, mind you. Google maps, Google Earth, Google street view – it all seems a sad and slightly forlorn thing to do, to me…

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  11. Turpin (342 comments) says:

    first person shooter?

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  12. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    first person shooter?

    Y’know, like Doom & its ilk. So you can rampage through your (virtual) neighbourhood with a gun, shooting lefties or whatever else melts your buttons.

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  13. side show bob (3,410 comments) says:

    That sounds really cool llew, where do the lefties hang out?

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  14. jcuknz (689 comments) says:

    >>There’s a google trike with a 360 degree camera mounted on it, it just drives around all day taking pictures<<
    From what I saw on TV3 tonight it looked like six cameras mounted on the roof of a van to give the angles.

    I also saw some silly woman who is the privacy commisioner saying she was concerned at this invasion of privacy.

    In the old days one could take a photograph of anything you could see from a public street. The moral of the story was if you are going to do something you would be embassed at then do it in the privacy of your home, or out of public view. There is of course thesecond point that what you do with the photo can get you and it makes sense for the gent apparently widdling against a building should be doctored or withdrawn … and similar shots. Though for all we know he was just lighting a cigarette in the quick view TV3 gave us..

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  15. jcuknz (689 comments) says:

    >>I’ve yet to read a satisfactory explanation for why the Google nerds are trying to capture and put together an ever-more complex representation of the entire world on the computer, mind you. Google maps, Google Earth, Google street view – it all seems a sad and slightly forlorn thing to do, to me…<<

    Like when climbers climb mountains … becuase it is there and it is possible … and to make money out of the curious

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  16. JamesP (73 comments) says:

    The denizens of Mount Eden are poorly served by Google Street view. There appears to be a coverage black hole focused on Cromwell Street and extending to the surrounding roads. A case of privacy for she but not for thee perhaps? St Stephens Ave, on the other hand, looks nice and sunny.

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  17. Seamonkey Madness (168 comments) says:

    If you stop outside Premier House, you might see someone from NZ’s not-so-recent, not-so-glorious past.

    (Hat-tip: one of the commentors on Wellingtonista.)

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  18. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    If you stop outside Premier House, you might see someone from NZ’s not-so-recent, not-so-glorious past.

    http://maps.google.co.nz/?ie=UTF8&layer=c&cbll=-41.276946,174.771392&panoid=jrZlP-BvHo603vZjmabGBw&cbp=12,292.325544970975,,0,15.734709775692591&ll=-41.276907,174.771227&spn=0,359.99794&z=19

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