Growing up, my buddy Florian had a knack for finding four leaf clovers. He didn’t really have to search, they would just reveal themselves to him. Well, it seem’s I’m developing a similar skill for the Google Street View car.
So far, my little purple car has been recorded sitting in front of my apartment in Brooklyn, NY.
But my up-close and personal debut was just around the corner from Franklin BBQ in Austin, where I saw it coming and was ready with a pose.
If you’ve never seen Google Street View before, it’s simply a photo based, mapped, geotagged version of Google Maps. You can cruise down streets and see buildings up close, as if you were actually there.
The collect the images with this outfitted car that a Googler drives. The car itself is pretty easy to spot. It’s a colorful, branded Google, and has a massive tech-packed proboscis protruding from the top. Crammed into antenna is some pretty sophisticated tech:
“…The latest car has 15 lenses taking 360 degrees of photos. It also has motion sensors to track its position, a hard drive to store data, a small computer running the system, and lasers to capture 3D data to determine distances within the Street View imagery.”
So, be prepared and smile big. You never know when the Google car is just around the corner!