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My revenge (parked StreetView Car)

MrBob [PersonRank 1]

Sunday, August 17, 2008
13 years ago4,140 views

Hi,

since a Google StreetView car "caught" me a couple days ago driving through the streets of Cologne, I got the chance today to take some pictures of a parked Google Streetview Car. (It was actually another one, since the one that caught me, had "StreetView" stickers on the side of the car, so there are are at least two of them driving through Cologne)

The car:
http://img501.imageshack.us/my.php?image=17082008018ck5.jpg

Inside (Screen + Keyboard on the co-driver side)
http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=17082008016xl2.jpg

The manual of the StreetView car
http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=17082008012ff5.jpg
(the quality of my mobile phone camera isn't so good, but the chapters where e.g. "Starting the car, FAQ, ..."

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Here the images:
http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/6628/17082008018ck5.jpg

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/7315/17082008016xl2.jpg

http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/8113/17082008012ff5.jpg

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Nice catch :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The header line on that paper says, in German:

"Driving – Operation/ instructions manual"
("Fahren – Bedienungs- und Schulungshandbuch")

The table of contents is too small for me to make out...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I hope they do not read it while driving...

MrBob [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Discovered the same car again on the road while driving to work (dinosaurs + same car sign) and this time it had the "Streetview-Stickers" on the side of the car. So I guess they are applying and removing the stickers each and every time to prevent vandalism ?!?

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Maybe the car owner decided to put up some new stickers.. :P

BTW, was the manual inside the car again?

MrBob [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

no..unfortunately not :(

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I had a phone call with a Googler today about Street view. he told me why there are dinos, animals or balls on the doors: Many people of Germany thought the black cars are from military police or secret service. That is why Google decided to make the monopod of the camera a bit more colorful and to put funny things on the doors.

The Google Maps Logo is a magnet and will be removed when a car is parked.
http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/2761/img5528ek5.jpg

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