Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/04/street_view_brazil/

Brazil welcomes Street View with open coffins

Google pulls body from Rio street

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 4th October 2010 10:00 GMT

Graphic content The good burghers of Brazil were last week welcomed to the wonderful world of Street View, and it didn't take citizens long to spot some local colour, like this dead body in Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Presidente Vargas:

Dead body captured by Street View on Rio Street

Gizmodo's Brazilian tentacle notes that this piece of unpleasantness has now been pulled, as has this lively scene in Belo Horizonte:

Dead body surrounded by police and onlookers in Belo Horizonte

If you want to join the party, though, you can step back a bit and still get this perspective:

The Belo Horizonte scene captured from further down the street

Brazil's Globo.com says Google's all-seeing eye has laid bare 51 municipalities in the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, and virtual tourists are invited to roam, for example, the picturesque historic mining town of Ouro Preto:

Street View captures Ouro Preto

What they can't do is visit Rio's less picturesque favelas, since the Great Satan of Mountain View apparently decided areas such as Rocinha are too dodgy even for its Orwellian black Opels:

Satellite view of Rocinha, with no Street View data available

Here's as far as the snoopmobile dared to penetrate into Rocinha - just far enough to give a taste of what lies beyond...

As far as the Street View vehicle goes into Rocinha

This no-go zone is perhaps just as well for Google Brazil's "Informar de uma incidencia" team, who who clearly have enough work on their hands disposing of corpses outside the country's famed shanty towns. ®