Google Streetview Bike
Riding along Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA, today, in a bit of a rush, and saw a bicycle pulled over near the BU bridge with a trailer attached (or maybe it was a trike...) with an 18-24 inch square black box on it, with a large tripod-y thing with the 6 to 8 camera heads on it that they use to take the Google Streetview pics. The black box had large Google logos on it.
Googling around now, I see there's been no mention of such a contraption anywhere online. I really regret not taking the 30 seconds it would have taken to stop and get a picture of the setup.
Maybe someone else has seen it out and about?
Just thinking about it now, and the bike was pulled over on the side of the Charles River Path... I wonder if they're going to Streetview cycle paths, and add Streetview images of said bike paths?
What would be really awesome is if google maps could give directions for the best bike route from point A to point B, like they do with motor traffic and walking.
I think the street view is kinda neat, but of limited value. Is there a practical function for street view?
it's definitely a display of technology for google. it's cool, it works, and it gets people talking about google, playing around with the maps, and wondering what they're going to do next.
Originally Posted by apricissimus
it hasn't really changed my life, but i do like to have the option to use street view.
I prefer to find my way using landmarks instead of street signs. I have found street view very helpful in this regard.
Streetview is great for cycling on streets you're not familiar with. You can judge how wide the lanes are, if there's a bike lane or shoulder, and how safe a neighborhood is. It sometimes gives you a better angle and more information than the satellite view.
I use streetview in my work. Part of my job is to electronically map my city's storm and sewer pipes. Sometimes are records are spotty and I want to confirm the location or existence of a manhole or an inlet. Saves a lot of time sometimes when otherwise you'd have to go out and do a field investigation.