Google Street View hits UK streets
Gawpfest is go
Late yesterday, Google launched novelty snoop service Street View in the UK, offering views of, er, streets.
At launch, 17 English cities, four Scottish cities, two Welsh cities, and one in Northern Ireland are available for exploration. Up to a point anyway; typically only major thoroughfares in city centres are covered, except in London.
Cities covered, according to Google Blogoscoped are: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Southampton, York, Belfast, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Swansea.
The images (360 horizontal, 290 vertical) were captures by Google's fleet of Orwellian spycars, whose adventures across Europe we tracked last year.
In October we spied one of Google's cars lurking just outside Vulture Central, and lo, here we are (no, not in the van):
Google's promise to blur out people's faces in response to privacy concerns has been kept up to a point. The automatic system for detecting faces could use some work, as many remain indentifiable.
If you spot anything interesting, send it here. ®
In the fair and ancient city of York, StreetView came up against a one-way system that has flummoxed the best of us. Small wonder, then, that the trail goes cold halfway down some streets, or in one case does a funny kind of U-turn after turning onto a side street (Blake St. off Museum St. if you care).
I wouldn't be surprised if that camera rig had trouble with some of the old stone arches as well.
Funny though, two streets in York which have been pedestrianized forever have excellent coverage: Stonegate and the Shambles. So how the heck did they get those pix? The spymobile (quick while there's nobody about!) or some kind of handcart?
Wally goes to putney
The guy dressed as wally works for google, they hinted that there'll be a "well know childrens charachter" hidden amongst the U.Ks street a couple of months back when they first said about street view coming to U.K. And, I live in putney, down the road from where he was :), I have a wierd urge to go round bragging that Wally was in my town :)
Re: Err, hold on.
>> This be my neighbourhood. Anyone care to remind me what the signs on either side of the road mean?
Yes, they mean 'No motor vehicles - except for access'. Why do you ask?