Smile, you may be on Google Street View

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Smile, you may be on Google Street View

AMHERST - Smile, you may have just been Googled.

The Google Street View car was in Amherst on Tuesday taking photographs of streets for the company's cityblock project that will soon launch in Canada.

The cityblock vehicle is a research project sponsored by Google Inc. for the purpose of imaging public streets and areas.

In March, Google announced its vehicles would be driving around the country to collect images for Street View for Canada, a free feature in Google Maps and Google Earth meant to help people get around and get to know their area and other areas better.

The peculiar looking four-door grey Chevy Cobalt has been driving the streets of the town sporting a mast with an array of cameras on the top. The raw images form these cameras will be stitched together for the final product.

"We're doing public roads only and capturing still images only. It isn't video and it isn't real time," Tamara Micner of Google public relations said. "If there are people or cars in the images we blur faces and license plates because the idea is to capture the places."

Micner said Google takes privacy issues very seriously and people can have photos of themselves, their families, homes or business taken down from the site by quickly by reporting a problem in the street view program itself.

"It's usually within 24 hours after a problem has been reported that it's removed," she said. "We only get requests for a very small percentage of the images we have."

There is presently Google Street View imagery available for 12 countries at present with Canada's images to be put up on the Internet sometime later this year.

"It has been quite popular. Both individuals and businesses have found it quite useful for a number of purposes whether it's travel, or real estate or public transit," Micner said. "In Canada alone, people have looked at more than 100 million street view panoramas of other countries."

More information can be found at http://maps.google.ca/streetview.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Google Inc.

Geographic location: Canada, AMHERST

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  • Palpatine; Naboo Senator
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    HAHA BOB HOSKINS THAT'S HILLARIOUS.

  • Google
    January 18, 2010 - 11:21

    Dear left out:
    That's what comes with privilege.
    After all we are the most important town in N.S. since the N.D.P. were elected.
    Why don't you tell us where you are form & maybe we could put in a good word for you...

  • David
    January 18, 2010 - 11:11

    Gee I wonder what the Privacy Commissioner of Canada will think when her house is recorded by Google. Talk about Big Brother. LOL.

  • LeftOUt
    January 18, 2010 - 11:00

    So is Amherst the only specially treated town to get this?

  • Bob
    January 18, 2010 - 10:54

    that's right, its only amherst that will be appearing on Google World view.

  • holigans
    January 18, 2010 - 10:53

    yep, we are a special town with special people, just visit downtown to visit all the special people, insert smile here...

  • homer
    January 18, 2010 - 10:51

    the google car has been spotted in Springhill today as well

  • 30fromNS
    January 18, 2010 - 10:50

    I spotted it in the Port Howe area yesterday afternoon.. Near the bridge.. So Cumberland Co will be featured NOT just Amherst..

  • first last
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    Only Amherst, that's right. They deleted the month long record of work they did in Pictou County in July, decided it' wasn't part of the world after all.