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April 29, 2008

street view directions

Driving directions with Street View on Google Maps :: new google feature that is quite awesome

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Like everything Google?
I've seriously considered changing my major just to work at Google. I'm in Mechanical Engineering right now, but I really have had a hard time deciding. Any Engineers out there that have some thoughts? Thanks, Brian

Posted by: Brian at April 29, 2008 11:20 PM


Posted by: adam at April 29, 2008 11:36 PM

holy crap, that is awesome.

That gives me an idea. Thanks!

Posted by: jeremy at April 30, 2008 1:03 AM

Awesome indeed. And it sounds like they got Sarah Vowel's sister to do the voice-over for the demo. :-)

Posted by: rubrick at April 30, 2008 1:33 PM

Microsoft have done this better already. Ages ago. Come on Google....

Posted by: Lewis at April 30, 2008 2:59 PM

I missed a call from a number I didn't recognize the other day so I googled it to get a reverse lookup. Got a google maps map link with a streetview option. Turns out it was my Project Manager in colorado (I'm in toronto) whom I'd never met in person. I almost commented on the colour of his garage door/car parked in his driveway/size of house/etc at out next conf call...

Question: Cool or Scary?

Posted by: James at May 2, 2008 9:16 AM

This is truly nuts when you think about it. Sites like Second Life let you build a rich, realistic virtual world on the internet; modding tools have let you recreate real-world locations in games for you to play around in; this is verging on recreating an exact duplicate of the real world online--it's not updated in real-time yet (in fact it looks like last fall in my virtual Google neighborhood), but that's just a matter of time and money.

...I just took a fairly detailed virtual drive by my house--and saw my car parked in the driveway. I can zoom in and get a pretty good look inside. What happens if they take and log pictures of things secondary to navigation--a traffic accident on the street, or someone naked in a window? Will it be admissible evidence? Will you be able to get your private intimate details blurred out, or are they now public knowledge? Once they truly map the entire world in 3D, and you can break out of the limits of staying on the road, and can roam around freely, will I be able to snoop around my neighbor's backyard? The exclusive country club down the street? The local power plant? It's a little scary.

I'm not a being a Luddite here, but this technology is going to drastically change the way we interact with the world, and the type of knowledge we will have of it. I'm curious to know what we'll do with it...

Posted by: Christian Gindlesperger at May 2, 2008 11:02 AM

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