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#27128 15-Oct-2008 14:24
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I couldn't see were else to post it.

I saw an interesting sight yesterday, a subaru legacy parked behind my work building with an interesting contraption mounted to the roof racks. It looked to me like 4 Canon 400d's or similar, one pointing in each direction, mounted on a pole a 500mm from the roof of the car. Be very curious about what these people where up to, I went to had a talk to them.

They wern't the most friendly of people, but basically said that they were local competition for googles street view service. Their car was branded with the logo of Afterwards I went in and had a look at thier website and it doesn't mention a thing about New Zealand, but what they said was correct. is in competition with googles street view, and obviously consider christchurch NZ to be worth photographing. Their camera were running what looked like the macro lens from canons high end professional range, and it looked like they were feeding, or monitoring the camera into a laptop in the car via a lot of USB plugs.

I'm interested to know if anyone has seen this car on the streets of Christchurch, or somewhere also, or know's anything about everyscapes plans in NZ.

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  #171557 16-Oct-2008 15:24
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Two months ago I saw a Ford Transit van with AT LEAST 10 cameras mounted on the roof, and Google Street View written all over it, on the way home through Ponsonby Rd. The two guys in it also didn't seem like wanting to chat at all. Undecided

Funny thing was it was NIGHT TIME. It also added to the funny side the fact that I was, at that precise moment, holding my iPhone with Google Maps open just then.

If only I had another camera to take a picture of that...

So far, that's the only time I saw a van like that anywhere here in Auckland.

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