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Old 03-21-12, 11:21 PM   #1
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Followed the Google Street View car on my bike today (video)

As I was climbing eastbound on Fair Oaks Blvd towards New York Ave, I saw the Google Street View car traveling southbound on New York, so I decided to have a closer look. My helmet cam was recording so I got video of it on several side streets off of New York Ave. When it went back northbound on New York Ave the car pulled over, so I looked at the driver and pointed at my helmet cam so they would know why I followed them down several dead-end streets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is5VZLod_xE
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Old 03-22-12, 12:37 AM   #2
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That's neat! Thanks for posting this
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Old 03-22-12, 02:58 PM   #3
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Maybe you'll be in some maps! I don't know if he's (She's??) still thee, but their was a cyclist in the street views of Mt. Diablo near the junction. Kinda cool!
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I have seen videos and an article about a Google Trike, so now they have a bicycle for MUP's and "footpaths" as the article stated. I would love to ride that around. As much of a tank as that thing is, it would be a great workout on any incline!
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I'm waiting for real time street view.
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I'm waiting for real time street view.
I would LOVE that! When listening to a good pursuit on the scanner, I could fire that up and watch it too! The closest I can get to that now is to go to Caltrans' traffic cam webpage and bring up each camera right before the chase reaches it. I have a couple videos floating around here where I did that, recorded the screen with a digital camera, and edited it all together. Since you could hear the scanner in the background, it was almost as good as seeing it live.
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I'm waiting for real time street view.
Not sure you would like a 24h a day, 7 days a week camera in front of your home. Serious case of invasion of privacy. As it is now it's already in trouble in some countries.
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I'm waiting for real time street view.
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A friend of mine saw it in his neighborhood and raced home, grabbed a beer and was standing on his porch with the beer when the pics were taken.
He sent us the link when it went up - we were so proud of him.
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I have read comments on other people's YouTube videos of the Google Street View car. Some people said they would moon the driver if they saw the car. I have a feeling if that actually happened the pictures weren't posted.
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If you look at the views for the paths near the Palo Alto airport leading to the Dumbarton Bridge, which were apparently made by the trike (?), yuo can see a "companion bike" in almost every frame
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Google is everywhere

So, on Monday, April 9th, I'm in Maui at the 9,750 above sea-level in the visitor's parking lot at Haleakala waiting to saddle up for the crater horse ride and low and behold, the Google street view car drives by.

The sad thing is how bad I want to be on street view now.
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Old 04-20-12, 10:00 PM   #13
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Nice! I used to live on New York Ave a long long time ago and you and the google car went right past my old place!
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Old 07-04-12, 03:36 AM   #14
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A YouTube commenter just informed me that I show up in the newly updated images, so here ya go!

Monal Court


Chasing the Google Street View car on a bicycle by kittyz202, on Flickr

Mount Diablo Court


Chasing the Google Street View car on a bicycle by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oriana Court 1


Chasing the Google Street View car on a bicycle by kittyz202, on Flickr

Oriana Court 2


Chasing the Google Street View car on a bicycle by kittyz202, on Flickr
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Old 07-04-12, 09:47 AM   #15
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Too cool. I bet you made the Google guy reflect a little.

What kind of helmet cam you have there ? Looks like something that might be fun for my upcoming trip.
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Old 07-04-12, 10:38 AM   #16
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I used a ContourHD helmet cam. I like this camera because it is a bit more low-profile than my GoPro, which would look like a miniature toaster on my helmet.

When I first posted this video back in March, I caught a little flack on another BikeForums subforum for not making a complete stop at a stop sign, which happens to be at the bottom of a hill that I had to climb in order to keep up with the car. I had slowed down, looked both ways, and went for it. Oops!

Here's a better shot of the tank of a bicycle that I had to ride up said hill. It's a 2010 Trek 7000 hybrid, which is a pretty low-end bike. I made it faster by replacing the power-robbing suspension seatpost with a normal one.


Chasing the Google Street View car on a bicycle by kittyz202, on Flickr

Zoomed-in view. You can see the ContourHD helmet cam here:


Chasing the Google Street View car on a bicycle by kittyz202, on Flickr
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Old 07-05-12, 01:32 PM   #17
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I wonder if they're still sniffing wireless data traffic...
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