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Street view is coming to Belgium at last...

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, March 14, 2009
13 years ago6,586 views

Google Street View is coming to Belgium at last. Starting with the big cities like Brussels, Antwerp & Gent.

There are still some troubles concerning privacy (we do have a very severe privacy law here...)

More on:
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=nl&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.tijd.be%2Ftzine%2F2009%2F03%2Fgoogle-street-view-komt-naar-belgi%25C3%25AB.html&sl=nl&tl=en&history_state0=&swap=1

I hope they add more detailed satelite views also now...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I got that news yesterday from Le Soir
http://www.lesoir.be/actualite/belgique/les-google-cars-debarquent-en-belgique-2009-03-13-695658.shtml
is Belgacom quoting Le Soir or do they have the same source?

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Just one thing to point out, they have been shooting photo's in many countries where streetview still isn't released... so the "coming to Belgium at last" is kinda too early to say.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Google will come in Canada too, it's confirmed.

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Most news paper use Belga, the national press agency (not Belgacom ;-) that's our national telecom operator), as a source.

I searched Google but I didn't find an official press release...

I found meanwhile this on Street View Ireland:
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/article/12505/digital-life/ireland-gets-google-street-view

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Oups, sorry for belgacom ^^ (even if I used to phone with Proximus :-P)

I've not found any official press release, so I think Le Soir journalist got answers from Google, he published it, then Belga read the article and also asked Google for Street View and wrote an article too.
Any journalist from Belgium in the place? ^^

BTW, for Ireland, there is a pic of this car driving in Dublin http://schmap.me/tkefqe/

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

How many cars they are planning to use in Belgium?

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Google said to Belgian journalists they will not reveal this information.
But I think they will reuse cars from France, Netherlands and Germany ^^

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

That decision was expected. But probably they will use cars from those countries :)

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

The Irish Times coverage of the Ireland launch:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2009/0314/1224242851121.html

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Did you know that this pic from Irish newspapers originally comes from Flickr?
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/fs/img/news/200903/378x/googlecar.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3446/3351461422_4627c42c87.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/voss/3351461422/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/essamo/3350699227/
http://twitpic.com/21y83

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Nice catch :)

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I saw this car today... Is cyclomedia working for Google?

http://picasaweb.google.nl/lh/photo/TCInQuDSeJuWxSPxMTwS9g?feat=directlink

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

No, they are working for themselve :-] (and government?)
http://blogoscoped.com/forum/147341.html#id147350

Art-One [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

THX, Tom

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