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Google Street View is Coming to Raleigh

August 19th, 2007 tony Leave a comment Go to comments

On my way home Friday I found myself behind one of the Immersive Media cars that I assume was scanning streets in Raleigh for Google Street View. These are crap photos but my camera on my phone is crap. The Beetle had www.immersivemedia.com across the back window and Oregon plates.

Horrible screen capture from video
google streetview car

Then he elluded me with a quick U-turn but managed to get one more shot
google streetview car

This is what the car looks like (not my photo)
google streetview car

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  1. tony
    August 19th, 2007 at 16:37 | #1

    I wouldn’t be surprised if someone doesn’t claim I photoshopped these images. I didn’t so just in case it happens to be that you can see my dorky face in my grey Saab 9-3 trying to take a pic of the car on street view this comment will serve as a record. :)

  2. Kevin
    August 21st, 2007 at 00:11 | #2

    I believe you Tony…
    I was driving the bug

  3. August 27th, 2007 at 19:22 | #3

    Damnit, all the cool stuff happens in Raleigh. All we get in Durham are lacrosse scandals.

  4. February 12th, 2008 at 14:56 | #4

    Hey, Street View is up for Raleigh. I just drove past NotSleepy

  5. x
    February 12th, 2008 at 19:25 | #5

    :p could have organised a mass “lets get into google street view doing stupid things outside” event heh.

  6. February 18th, 2008 at 16:26 | #6

    But if you look down while in street view, that doesn’t look like a VW Beetle…

  7. tony
    February 18th, 2008 at 22:02 | #7

    yeah and my car isn’t behind it. i guess the one i saw wasn’t taking pics.

  8. J-Dogg
    February 19th, 2008 at 10:10 | #8

    Perhaps they had more than one car in the city.

    I know looking at the pics of where I live the photos weren’t taken til September, since I moved to my current residence in West Raleigh Labor Day Weekend and when I pulled up my address, my car is in the driveway.

    Also judging by the cars in the parking lot of the office I work at in Apex, that area was photographed in early October, since I spotted a coworker’s car in the parking lot who started there at the beginning of October.

    Pretty cool way to waste a few hours though:)

  9. Ronnie
    March 8th, 2008 at 16:47 | #9

    google didn’t use bugs. they used 07 cobalts for streetview.

  10. tony
    March 8th, 2008 at 18:02 | #10

    They did use VW Beetles as well. I spoke with the guy who was driving one in Raleigh.

  11. April 3rd, 2008 at 21:08 | #11

    Actually, the wonders of 360° imagery are very seducing to any technology-minded person! It’s such a marvellous

    way to look at places: it is certainly endowed to become common practice for web’s remote locations viewing.

    In Europe, as per this website ( http://www.virtualvisit.tv ), immersive imagery and streetview capabilities are on

    their way, purposed by a Swiss company called GlobalVision Communication ( http://www.globalvision.ch ).

    Sure you have had a great success with it in the US… hopefully GV will follow the same path in Europe ;)