Aug 14, 2009

Google Cameras Probing You More Deeply, Thanks to Adorable Tricycles [Google Maps]

Google has deployed its much-anticipated spy-cycles to the streets in Europe, complete with nine cameras and freaking laser beams. This is helping the company get even closer to your windows.

According to the Associated Press,

The U.S. company has hired two young cyclists to ride through gardens, historical sites and other pedestrian-only areas on the device to take thousands of digital photos.

AFP reports the bikes even have lasers attached to their (pole-) heads, to assist with some sort of future 3D system; excerpt from the wire service's video is attached. Google will blur faces on request, in Europe at least, but the policy is to do so by default only for people on the street; those in the privacy of their own homes get no such consideration. Google certainly wouldn't want to admit to a zone of privacy anywhere near your computer, after all.

[via Buzznewsroom]

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