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Previously posted about on Sean’s article in early September, 2009, was news that the Google Car was spotted around town taking images for Google’s Street View service within the Google Maps application. It’s been awhile, but the day has finally come! Google Street View is now live for all of Medicine Hat (well most of it anyways). Unfortunately due to the age of the current satellite photo of Medicine Hat, all of the new development area in the south of the city was not recorded; however, it is possible that the car recorded the streets and will be added once the actual roads are added. CHAT TV also did a brief report on the subject:
The Google Car was recently spotted in town, cruising up and down the streets to take street level photos all along the way. This seems kind of weird, because Calgary has not even been photographed. So maybe it was for some other Google Map purpose. Who knows!
For those unaware, Google Maps offers a “Street View” service (if offered to the city you are browsing), which allows you to virtually stand and walk down a street. Google Street View allows you to navigate around cities effortless with the click of your mouse. This is particularly helpful if you are planning out a trip and want to check out some recognizable landmarks on the path you will be taking.
Sometimes the Google Cars take noteworthy images. In one case, a friend of mine online was driving by the Google Car in Salt Lake City, and had photos of his car taken twice as it drove by. In another case, a Google Car hit a deer.