Thursday, October 30, 2008

The View From The Street

The cars with cameras attached to the roof were spotted several months ago cruising the streets of major Spanish cities. Now Google’s Street View application has emerged in Spain, at least for Madrid, Barcelona, and a couple of the other larger Spanish cities. Naturally, the first thing I did was try and look for my house. I wasn’t really expecting my insignificant little street to be included, so I was a bit surprised when I saw that it was highlighted as having Street View available. Clicking on it produced another surprise, it wasn’t my street at all – instead they have attached photos of the bigger road running parallel to it. Despite these small teething problems the application is great, you can move along a street and rotate your view to whatever you want. The cars with the cameras did raise some privacy issues here in Spain and I believe that Google had to give an undertaking to blur faces and car registration plates. You can even include it in your web page, as evidenced by this (Aguirre headquarters free) view of the Puerta del Sol. Just click on the arrows to start taking a walk around central Madrid.


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6 comments:

Alfonso el Idiota said...

I thought you'd gone to live in a really right-wing country. What happened?

Graeme said...

Blessed by Google and Internet access I'm able to keep a close eye on what happens in the Südländer. Anyway, "gone to live" is a bit of an exaggeration of my current status - hopefully. I'm going back to Madrid tomorrow to check that nobody's eating my new ham in my absence!

Keefieboy said...

I saw a Google car a few months ago. I thought about doing something silly - y'know flashing my backside or shooting somebody, but decided against it.

Graeme said...

You could have been famous - a revered cult figure for the armchair tourists!

Tom said...

The car was spotted in Cerdanyola del Vallès too, but as yet no street view for the town has appeared. Could it be that Cerdanyola is considered "just too lovely" to show online? We must be told!

Graeme said...

My street's not very lovely either - which might be why they substituted it for another one.