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Google hits refresh for Nelson

The Google truck was seen around Nelson last week as it updated the street level views for its website. - Bob Hall photo
The Google truck was seen around Nelson last week as it updated the street level views for its website.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

Google came to town last week to refresh Nelson’s views for the world to see.

The Google Maps Street View truck rolled through local streets with its special camera mounted on the roof. The camera enabled the Google crew to take photographs as they drove through the community.

“This includes cutting-edge face blurring technology, which helps make sure that passers-by in the photographs can't be identified… and we also blur legible license plates,” Google spokesperson Aaron Brindle told the Nelson Star.

“Once in Google Maps, you can visually explore and navigate a neighborhood through these street-level photographs, moving up and down streets or looking around in 360 degree panoramas. In addition, we've also created easy-to-use reporting tools so that people can ask for images of their house, car or themselves to be obscured in Street View.”

Though Nelson is already included in the Street View function of Google Maps, the visit last week was to refresh the imagery. The team was in Nelson for two days.

Generally, when we go to a community like Nelson our aim is to refresh all of the imagery,” said Brindle. “So we should have those side streets updated as well.”

When asked how much the Google map project costs to maintain, Brindle was unable to provide details.

“Without getting into numbers, we believe the investment of resources on Google's part offers an invaluable tool for our users,” said Brindle. “Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip, go inside restaurants and small businesses.”

For more on Google Maps head here.

 

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