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Google Street View comes to Calgary

Posted by Jim Sparrow on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:04pm.

Jim Sparrow Calgary Real EstateDon't look now but Google Street View is coming to Calgary (and 10 other major Canadian cities) soon. Google Street View gives users the ability to see street-level views of streets, buildings & other landmarks from Google maps. The service has been available for some time in nine countries including Australia, Britain, France & the US but its Canadian deployment has been delayed by privacy issues.

Google Street View Car CalgaryA car much like the one pictured here drives around the city capturing 360 degree views from the street-level. Ten days ago people in Toronto spotted Chevrolet Cobalts cruising the streets, modified with cameras on a large tripod mounted to the roof.

Google Street View Cam

Eleven panoramic cameras, housed in a softball-size gadget mounted to the roof of the cars capture 360 degree horizontal and 290 degree vertical high-res images every few metres, which are then digitally sewn together in post-production to create a seamless panoramic street-level view on Google Maps and Google Earth. These images are then uploaded and provided to viewers around the world. The $45,000 US Decoda 2360 camera has crawled dozens of US cities.

Privacy commissioners in Canada gave Google three criteria to ensure the pictures comply with the strict Canadian privacy laws:

  • All faces and license plates must be obscured
  • No faces or license plates that aren't obscured can be stored in databases
  • Local authorities must be notified before the Google Cam car starts taking pictures

There are now several popular websites that show Street View bloopers, including pictures of nude sunbathers, people urinating, nose-picking etc. Google insists that all images abide by "local laws" and plans to post Canadian pictures from Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and St. John shortly.

Let me know if and where you spot the Google Street View Cam-car!

Google Cam Car in Calgary

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13 Responses to "Google Street View comes to Calgary"

Rob wrote: When is this coming to Canada?

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 5:14pm.

Jim Sparrow wrote: Rob: I've read where it might be as soon as 2 or 3 weeks, but I've also heard that a couple of MP's in Ottawa want Google's CEO Eric Schmidt to appear before a hearing before allowing them to go ahead. Likely won't be until summer.

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 8:41pm.

david chamberlain wrote: i have been waiting for canada to catch with us here in new zealand as we have had the service for over a year now , and my brother who lives in canada is always telling me how far ahead of us they are but i dont think so. cant even get it yet.
regards david

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 3:29am.

Robin wrote: I just took photos of the google car ... it tried to run me off 16th ave NW and cause a lot of traffic commotion with speeding off and pulling hard turns ?? what are they hiding? why cant we take photos of them taking photos of us?

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 4:45pm.

Sam Chapman wrote: This has been in Austin for quite a while. We were one of the pilot cities and the Googlemobile has been all over this city. The accuracy in terms of matching address with house or business is fairly accurate, but not exact.

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 at 3:18pm.

Keagan P wrote: The street view car has hit Calgary today. Seen today in the SW.

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 10:40am.

Barry wrote: Why would they take photos this time of year? Wait till summer when everything is green!!

Posted on Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 11:57am.

Camilla Di Giuseppe wrote: Hey folks.. It's Camilla from CTV Calgary... The Google Car... *sigh* I have not seen it yet and we at CTV Calgary would love for you to share your photos.. If you take a snap of one or even some video (but I hear this car is fast) please send it my way. We'd like to produce a story on the Google Car in Calgary and we've not seen a frame of it.. Contact me on Twitter @C_Dig or viz email

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 11:32am.

Jim wrote: May 13th - Spotted Google Cam car on 14th Street & Heritage Drive SW this afternoon around 4pm.

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 10:59pm.

The Man wrote: Just saw the Google street view car with it's camera's in Kensington at 9:30 this morning.
Cute girl driving it too!

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 10:31am.

Robin K wrote: Shes not cute shes evil ... if the same girl in the pic above :P

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 5:20pm.

Vincent SPICER wrote: I was taking the dog out this morning when I saw the Google Street View car drive by the front of my house on Saddlecrest Park NE at 9:41 am (Sat May 23). I saw the young girl drive around the block and then head down the dirt back alley (at 9:44 am). Both times she would have caught a clear photo of me and our small black puppy, once in the front yard, the second at our rear detached garage (back alley). Darn I didn't have my camera handy to get her picture. The small blue car (Chevette?) had a white license plate with blue lettering (couldn't recognise it).

Posted on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 at 9:50pm.

Mark Serginko wrote: Seen blue dirty Chevy with woman driving it and computer inside. Bow trail, Old Banff Coach road.
July 9th 4-30 or so. I've catch it and drove behind it so soon my picture will be on it-)

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2009 at 4:56pm.

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