I’ve never seen a Google Maps Street View car up close before, but I still recognized one when it zipped by me Wednesday morning on West Broadway Avenue. I was hoping for a second chance and a better look.
Yesterday I got my chance in the lane between 12th and 13th Avenue.
The Google Street View car traveled no faster or slower than any other car.
The ad-wrap on the car branded it for what it was, but aside from the green doors, the design wasn’t very visible even a short distance a way.
The car was a generic-looking Subaru Impreza bearing Ontario license plates. The license plate holders were monogrammed, “Subaru Brampton,” suggesting Google bought the car from a Subaru dealer in beautiful Brampton, Ontario, once known, according to Wikipedia, as “The Flower Town of Canada” but not lately.
Of course, what distinguishes it as a Google Maps Street View car—even a block away—is the camera mast on the roof, topped with a vaguely soccer-ball-like arrangement of camera lenses.
A piece in the Daily Mail perhaps explains why my Street View car idled at the intersection of 13th Avenue and Spruce Street for so long—it may have been waiting for me to get the fu*k out of the shot. Apparently the drivers are supposed to avoid getting people in the shot if possible.
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