Homeless in Vancouver: Google Maps Street View car in Fairview

The little car heads east towards Oak Street.
Stanley Q. Woodvine

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.

It turned on Oak Street and here it is at 13th Avenue and Spruce Street traveling west.
Stanley Q. Woodvine

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.

Which is funny given what they’ve captured over the years. 

Click the images to enlarge them.

Bye bye Google Maps Street View car.
Stanley Q. Woodvine
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Mapper99
Awesome - hope they make it to Surrey - more street view madness here: http:\\www.google-street-view.com
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Kraig
Great article! I've seen these around too but never found myself on the street view after it was published. Maybe you will have better luck :)
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Brad
I live in Thornhill, ON. just outside of Toronto. I've seen Google Streetview vehicles but here they use vans.
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Mathieu
I just passed a Google Streetview car yesterday actually! (Toronto)
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Googler
I met someone who drives one of the Google cars. Mostly driven by men due to safety issues. Long days, 13 - 14 hours, or as long as it is light out. The cameras cost $250,000 and are impossible to steal with all the built-in GPS technology. Good job for loners with large libraries of music.
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CHRIS MATIYE
I wish to see Google cars passing by at SOUTH AFRICA
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