Google's Street View Car
Today Sean and I were
walking back to work from Tim Hortans here in downtown Toronto when we saw one of the Google Street View
cars drove by. It was shooting photos of Bay Street. So, when they finally release
Street View for the Toronto
region, you might just see us there.
We actually were
walking along one of the side dead end streets when it passed us. About a block
down the road, it turned around and passed us going the other way. Knowing it
was going to come back, we ran over and sat on a rock in a park and tried to
look like supermodels. We sat apart on purpose so it wouldn't look like we were
What is Street View
you ask? Where have you been? It is an add-on to Google Maps. Zoom into a major
US city like New York or San Fran.
Once you zoom into the downtown core, you will see a little Street View button
appear. Click over and bring on the good times.
Looking for one of the
REI's in San Fran? Here is a link
. As you can see, there is plenty of parking
on the other side of the street.
I found a photo of the
Chevy Cobalt car that Google uses. The car we saw today had California
plates so it looks like they shipped up the fleet to Toronto. Strapped to the top of the car was a
funny looking 360 degree camera that is used to take the photos. You can find lots
of good technical information on Gizmodo
As you can see,
I get excited about the little things...