Thought Google Street car covered all of London? Perhaps most parts of the capital, but roads changes frequently. 100′s of roadworks are going on every year in London to improve the driving experience and deal with increasing traffic.
Outdated Google street maps in London?
The most likely reason for Google to send out the street view cars again is to keep their popular and helpful Google maps up-to-date. After all, it’s over 5 years since many of the roads have been updated.
When was Google Street view car last seen in London?
SEO Specialist found The Google street car at Lordship Lane (A109) on the 25th of July (2012), driving towards Turnpike Lane. The car seen by Markus Jalmerot is black, driving rather slowly to say the least.
First, I thought Islington CCTV enforcement cars had changed colour – but the Google logo could not be mistaken on the vehicles driving around North London.
Criticism against Google Street view cars
The first Google street view cars were scooping up passwords, emails, WIFI info and other sensitive data transmitted over unsecured wireless networks. According to Google, this was a simple mistake which have been adjusted.
Germans have probably been most negative towards Google’s street view cars, partly due to local privacy laws preventing anyone from taking photos of someone else or their property without their consent. Eventually, German property owners can opt-out if they don’t want to be found on Google Maps.
In US and UK, there are still second investigations about privacy and how the cars operate. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reopened the case and is going to question Google about Google street view cars.
Nick Pickles from Big Brother Watch welcomes the investigation, urging authorities “to get to the bottom of just how many British people’s privacy was trampled on by Google.”