Google camera-car detail

After yesterday's siting and all the related discussion, the firkin Google car was parked right outside our house today! Well not right outside, but on the other side of the park next to our house -- less than 100 metres away. Celeste called me with the news and I ran out of the house with the camera, socks, no keys, no shoes, front door wide open. A bloke was sitting at a picnic table in the park. He looked like he might be the driver on his lunch break:
"Excuse me. Are you the driver of the google car?". But no, he was a fellow geek waiting to see if the driver came back to the car. I chatted to him briefly until the driver did return to the car;

"Excuse me. Are you the driver of the google car?"
"Yep"
"Gidday I'm Bevan"
"Hi I'm Michael"
[handshake]
"Do you mind if I take some photos...."
[Snap Snap Snap]
The 360º camera mounted on the roof of the google car

UPDATE: More recently google is using different hardware atop the pole in San Francisco. See http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2008/06/16/the-united-states-park-police-vs-the-google-maps-car-san-francsicos-presidio/

He is contracting to Google (not employed) and is just a driver -- he doesn't know about the details of the technology of it (not the street view software nor the devices in his car), but knows it's for Google Map's Street View. There is a different driver in Dunedin with the same car model, and another one in Wellington CBD today. There is probably another two or three in Auckland and Hamilton. Michael picked up his google car (with all the technology already attached) in Auckland before Christmas and drove it down for the job.

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Under the bucket

Meanwhile, ProjectX in Wellington is wondering what's under the bucket: http://blog.projectxtech.com/2008/01/09/whats-under-the-bucket

Terralink also filming

Terralink is doing a much more extensive trip filming around the whole country, and seems to be doing it much less efficiently than google (Not that I'd really know. See this article: http://www.terralink.co.nz/newsroom/press_releases_archive/press_release...

Terralink also filming - another poor decision

Yep - they are getting in too little too late.

How are they going to sell their service when google will provide it for free?

Looks like this will go the same way as their fisheye product - straight into the bin!!

Especially when Terralink

Especially when Terralink will take two years to complete and publish any footage (that's what the article indicates). My bet is google will have Australia and NZ footage up long before winter (1 June '08 in NZ).

Testing

This is just to test as I was trying to post the comment but it failed.

Saw it in Wellington

I spotted the car in Wellington a couple of weeks back. I thought it was moving quite fast for a car that was taking snapshots. Will be interesting to see the quality of the photos.

I wonder if they did AKL already...

New Hardware atop the Google Car in the USA

More recently google is using different hardware atop the pole in San Francisco. See http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2008/06/16/the-united-states-park-police-vs-the-google-maps-car-san-francsicos-presidio/

Googlewagon spotted!

I spotted the Google Street View car twice on this weekend in Wellington. On Saturday evening the car was on Courteney Pl a bucket covering the camera and on Sunday same car was shooting down the streets from Kelburn area. I think they still are shooting some streets.

Hardware

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Thanks!"

Toyota Camry Parts

Haha, that's interesting. I wish a Google Car would park outside of my house. Too bad I live in the suburbs. xD

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