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Ultimate Geek


# 47788 12-Nov-2009 12:26
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At about 10am this morning my workmates took a photo standing in front of the Google Maps Street View car :)

Looked in the front, there was a LCD computer screen in the passengers seat and in the back seat there was a server!

Updating images already ay Google? :P

Google Maps Street View Car in Kingsland, Auckland 12-11-09

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Uber Geek

  # 272366 12-Nov-2009 12:30
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Nah, It will simply be storing all the photo data and tagging it with GPS location data etc

The amount of raw data collected will be impressive, and I suspect it will be dumping it to a RAID array to store it all

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Uber Geek


  # 272371 12-Nov-2009 12:44
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Saw same vehicle in Victoria Street, Wellington, last Friday (midday).


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Uber Geek

  # 272379 12-Nov-2009 12:58
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Was in New Lynn AK 2 weeks ago

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Ultimate Geek

  # 272385 12-Nov-2009 13:29
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Saw one in chch couple of weeks back too!


The force is strong with this one!

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Uber Geek


  # 272391 12-Nov-2009 13:44
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Yep they are updating their maps :) which is good, can't wait to get my old car off my houses drive :S

There's a story on the google streetview blog about the updates, think it's NZ, Aus and UK

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

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Master Geek

  # 272403 12-Nov-2009 14:13
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Cool! Maybe this time they'll actually manage to find the street I live in and take some pics.

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Uber Geek


  # 272439 12-Nov-2009 16:14
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Perhaps now they will discover the road around the corner from me actually connects through to the next road and does not end 50m from it (Jan Place in Pakuranga, Auckland). The only map that has this correct is Wises.

You can never have enough Volvos!


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Uber Geek


  # 272445 12-Nov-2009 16:23
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Yes I too saw it in Onehunga last week. Hopefully I'll be able to find myself on next streetview update!

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Ultimate Geek


  # 272464 12-Nov-2009 17:34
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wellygary: Nah, It will simply be storing all the photo data and tagging it with GPS location data etc

The amount of raw data collected will be impressive, and I suspect it will be dumping it to a RAID array to store it all

Yea you are right, it was one of those racks (probably full of Hard Drives) but there was a desktop computer case running it all in the back seat.

Link to the Google New Zealand blog about the latest Street View update: Here.
Tells us that they are much higher definition compared to the current NZ street view and you can see an example of the new better quality streetview on that page.

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