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DaFace
05-30-2007, 10:18 PM
http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/004503.html

Google began offering street-level views in its maps Tuesday. A button with the label "Street View" now appears next to the "satellite" and "hybrid" buttons above map images for a select number of cities.

Choose an address, click the "Street View" button and you'll see a 360-degree ground level view of that place on the map. Click on the arrow graphics overlaid on the street image and you can advance forward down the street into new 360-degree views.

I typed in PC World's street address, clicked Street View, and the following view of the intersection of 2nd and Bryant in San Francisco came up:

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/2325/mapstartjh9.jpg (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1174)

I clicked on the arrows, moving east on Bryant Street. After about six blocks I ran into Red's Java House, which sits on the wharf at the end of Bryant.

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/254/mapendle2.jpg (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1174)

The images that make up Google's Street View feature are taken by a small army of drivers with expensive, multiple lens cameras mounted to the tops of their cars. Streets for which Street View images are available show up with blue outlines on Google Maps. Google says Street View is available for major roads in San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver. More cities will follow shortly, Google says.

DaFace
05-30-2007, 10:20 PM
In case any of you are looking for a place to try this out, here's a link to an intersection in downtown Denver to get you started:

http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=16th+and+welton,+denver,+co&sll=39.751479,-104.988227&sspn=0.021083,0.040169&ie=UTF8&z=16&om=1

Iowanian
05-30-2007, 10:21 PM
its wicked cool technology thats driving that stuff.

Its not terribly sophisticated, but cool. To put it out in bulk, served on the internet, with the number of users Google has, at a reasonably fast speed is very sophisticated.

|Zach|
05-30-2007, 10:23 PM
I was playing around with this earlier this morning. Awesome stuff...I would love to know more about how they went about doing all of this and getting a project thats so huge rolled out.

KcMizzou
05-30-2007, 10:23 PM
It'll really get creepy when it's in real-time.

Fruit Ninja
05-30-2007, 10:27 PM
It'll really get creepy when it's in real-time.
And we all know thats just a matter of time. It will happen.

KcMizzou
05-30-2007, 10:29 PM
And we all know thats just a matter of time. It will happen.Yeah, but when it happens only the government will have it. If they don't already. :eek:

Iowanian
05-30-2007, 10:37 PM
"they" don't.

There are some of the larger metropolitan areas that have street level photos/videos, but its not widespread. Its collected for engineering purposes for things like Road-concrete inspection, property value reassessment and the like. Its expensive and takes alot of server space to store.

The centerlines are "attached" basically like a process called Geocoding. Each line and location in on that space of the earth have a coordinate(collected with GPS on the videos) or an address in which they know they belong through a DB and street segments.


Yes....Often times, I feel like Frank the Tank when he just finished the debate rant answer to crush Carvill.

Thig Lyfe
05-30-2007, 10:38 PM
That's pretty cool.

elvomito
05-30-2007, 10:52 PM
this place has some really good food
http://www.google.com/maps?q=970+OFarrell+St,+San+Francisco,+CA+94109,+USA&ie=UTF8&om=0&layer=c&cbll=37.78567,-122.421534&cbp=1,193.758040595779,0.482154437113264,2&ll=37.787929,-122.421985&spn=0.004409,0.011759&z=17

BWillie
05-30-2007, 11:11 PM
Awesome, I love google maps. I use it everyday at work, and with this feature it will help me even more **** people over.

ClevelandBronco
05-30-2007, 11:16 PM
I just found a google image of myself in the shower this morning.

You don't want the link.

KC Jones
05-30-2007, 11:19 PM
heh... I just found rainman's building. Now I can plan my stalking routes. If only I knew where to get some more of that chicken soup.

:D

KcMizzou
05-30-2007, 11:25 PM
heh... I just found rainman's building. Now I can plan my stalking routes. If only I knew where to get some more of that chicken soup.

:DYou have his bike, shouldn't be a long ride.

Fish
05-30-2007, 11:40 PM
The images that make up Google's Street View feature are taken by a small army of drivers with expensive, multiple lens cameras mounted to the tops of their cars.

I find this interesting....

ENDelt260
05-31-2007, 12:03 AM
I found Phobia's favorite hangout.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=San+Francisco,+CA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.794474,-122.408767&spn=0.008597,0.020084&z=16&om=1&layer=c&cbll=37.79009,-122.409413&cbp=1,134.417547980305,0.358436274811261,1

el borracho
05-31-2007, 12:30 AM
I just found a google image of myself in the shower this morning.

You don't want the link.
http://www.scarefactory.com/catalog/images/2006/FIX636_PsychoShower_big.jpg

ClevelandBronco
05-31-2007, 12:58 AM
http://www.scarefactory.com/catalog/images/2006/FIX636_PsychoShower_big.jpg

Borracho, you've got to get a hobby, man.

No, maybe you've got to give up your hobby and find a new one.

Where and how did you find that?

CoMoChief
05-31-2007, 03:43 AM
This isnt really that much different than Goole Earth.

Miles
05-31-2007, 03:48 AM
I imagine this guy is not a fan of the new feature:

http://www.google.com/maps?q=970+OFarrell+St,+San+Francisco,+CA+94109,+USA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.7889,-122.417489&spn=0.006774,0.013561&z=17&om=0&layer=c&cbll=37.785489,-122.417975&cbp=2,438.82277544807,0.667036460163099,2

Smed1065
05-31-2007, 05:45 AM
I found Phobia's favorite hangout.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=San+Francisco,+CA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.794474,-122.408767&spn=0.008597,0.020084&z=16&om=1&layer=c&cbll=37.79009,-122.409413&cbp=1,134.417547980305,0.358436274811261,1

I noticed it is located on Bush.

Miles
05-31-2007, 05:47 AM
I noticed it is located on Bush.

The humor is in the sign.

KC Kings
05-31-2007, 07:38 AM
Sp I guess they had to use a 360 degree camera to take these pictures? If you click on the arrows on the road you can follow the entire route down the street and even though you can see all the way around you can see that they are following the same car and the not driving a lot slower than regular traffic.

Simplex3
05-31-2007, 07:41 AM
I imagine this guy is not a fan of the new feature:

http://www.google.com/maps?q=970+OFarrell+St,+San+Francisco,+CA+94109,+USA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.7889,-122.417489&spn=0.006774,0.013561&z=17&om=0&layer=c&cbll=37.785489,-122.417975&cbp=2,438.82277544807,0.667036460163099,2
I wonder what the rules are about publishing people's pictures without their consent?

Frankly I'm not a fan of everyone being this f**king connected. I'd just as soon have some of you people at arm's length.

ENDelt260
05-31-2007, 09:10 AM
This isnt really that much different than Goole Earth.
Except completely.

kepp
05-31-2007, 09:14 AM
I imagine this guy is not a fan of the new feature:

http://www.google.com/maps?q=970+OFarrell+St,+San+Francisco,+CA+94109,+USA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.7889,-122.417489&spn=0.006774,0.013561&z=17&om=0&layer=c&cbll=37.785489,-122.417975&cbp=2,438.82277544807,0.667036460163099,2
Especially since he has to stand there until they take another picture.

Otter
05-31-2007, 09:22 AM
I wonder what the rules are about publishing people's pictures without their consent?

Frankly I'm not a fan of everyone being this f**king connected. I'd just as soon have some of you people at arm's length.

Hehe, I thought pretty much the same thing.

It's going to be quiet awhile until this reaches my neck of the woods but does every asshat with an internet connection need to know what my house looks like and what cars are parked in front of it.

Fascinating and scary at the same time.

Pushead2
05-31-2007, 10:15 AM
What will Google think of next!!!!

|Zach|
05-31-2007, 01:09 PM
"they" don't.

There are some of the larger metropolitan areas that have street level photos/videos, but its not widespread. Its collected for engineering purposes for things like Road-concrete inspection, property value reassessment and the like. Its expensive and takes alot of server space to store.

The centerlines are "attached" basically like a process called Geocoding. Each line and location in on that space of the earth have a coordinate(collected with GPS on the videos) or an address in which they know they belong through a DB and street segments.


Yes....Often times, I feel like Frank the Tank when he just finished the debate rant answer to crush Carvill.
They do.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/31/the-google-street-view-vehicle-revealed/

DaFace
05-31-2007, 01:28 PM
They do.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/31/the-google-street-view-vehicle-revealed/


Here's a better picture put out by the company that actually did it for Google.

Lots of examples of potential privacy issues on that site, too.

DaFace
05-31-2007, 01:40 PM
Heh...you knew it wouldn't be long...

http://googlesightseeing.com/

Iowanian
05-31-2007, 01:47 PM
Some do....MOST don't.

Its relatively new on the market and only the communities large enough, with big enough tax bases, or those with specific project needs are getting this. I'm pretty familiar with the technology that does this, and the processes that make it work.

Rain Man
05-31-2007, 03:27 PM
In case any of you are looking for a place to try this out, here's a link to an intersection in downtown Denver to get you started:

http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=16th+and+welton,+denver,+co&sll=39.751479,-104.988227&sspn=0.021083,0.040169&ie=UTF8&z=16&om=1

I can't zoom in close enough to show people the one-legged beggar who hangs out on our street.

Rain Man
05-31-2007, 03:31 PM
If you go to 7th and Ogden, you can see the mansion that the cult owns near my house. It's the house where the entire place is painted white.

HolmeZz
05-31-2007, 03:58 PM
http://www.google.com/maps?q=San%20Francisco,%20CA,%20USA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.770274,-122.419195&spn=0.019981,0.048194&z=15&om=1&layer=c&cbll=37.762228,-122.417224&cbp=1,231.152235392829,0.592595123594951,2

WTF

FD
05-31-2007, 04:15 PM
http://www.google.com/maps?q=San%20Francisco,%20CA,%20USA&ie=UTF8&ll=37.770274,-122.419195&spn=0.019981,0.048194&z=15&om=1&layer=c&cbll=37.762228,-122.417224&cbp=1,231.152235392829,0.592595123594951,2

WTF
:hmmm:

Rain Man
05-31-2007, 04:23 PM
Someone ought to drop them a postcard and ask if they've had a breakin in the past year.

htismaqe
05-31-2007, 04:35 PM
The button only shows up for certain markets, and even then it only works half the time.

DaFace
05-31-2007, 04:53 PM
The button only shows up for certain markets, and even then it only works half the time.

Streets for which Street View images are available show up with blue outlines on Google Maps. Google says Street View is available for major roads in San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver. More cities will follow shortly, Google says.

DaFace
05-31-2007, 04:54 PM
I can't zoom in close enough to show people the one-legged beggar who hangs out on our street.

He's lurking in the shadows...just waiting on some unexpecting victim to walk by.

htismaqe
05-31-2007, 05:03 PM
I saw what you put in.

I'm saying that even when the button is there AND the blue lines are there, it only works half the time.

DaFace
05-31-2007, 06:35 PM
I saw what you put in.

I'm saying that even when the button is there AND the blue lines are there, it only works half the time.

Gotcha. I haven't noticed that.