Have you like me ever wondered how the Google Street View is all put together?. Ed Parsons from Google UK has given the low down on how it all works.
All the drivers that are employed are contractors and not direct employee's of Google, Ed explained. The cars themselves are all owned by Google as modifications had to be made for them to work with the camera systems, and are all Vauxhall/Opel Astras. These cars were chosen because it was easy to interface with the on-board information systems that the car has.So how does a driver work out the most efficient way round the city, does some boffin at Google plan his route?Unfortunatly not."A lot of it is put into the hands of the drivers because they tend to know the local areas," says Parsons. "We say 'we need to cover every street that it's possible for you to drive down' – that's a major element of what we do. We can only really drive down public streets so the drivers pretty much go off and drive their own local neighbourhood."
Things do not always go as planned though and that's why sometimes there are gaps in street view. This is because a road may of been closed for construction purposes or there is a dustbin truck in the middle of the road, or maybe the driver just accidently misses a street. All these have to be done again at a later date. Also here in the UK the weather plays a major part in the plans. If it is raining the cars do not go out as a lighting strike could be possible with the big mast on the car.
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