Get a glimpse of Google's Street View cars

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Google Street View provides a convenient way to scope out locations and map routes without leaving the comfort of your chair. Take a look at the cars behind the mapping technology.

A fleet of Street View cars. Click for a larger version.
(Credit: Masrur Odinaev)

Masrur Odinaev, a senior mobile developer at Google, took this photo (on one of the Street View cameras, no less) and posted it to his Google+ page. It shows a fleet of Subaru Imprezas with the special Google camera rigs atop each. Odinaev estimates that there are over 250 cars in total in the Google Street View fleet.

According to photography blog PetaPixel, each car can capture 360-degree images from a height of 2.5 metres, with the imaging unit containing nine directional cameras.

Alongside the regular four-wheeled Street View machines, Google also employs a special backpack and three-wheeled trike to map areas that are inaccessible to cars.

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Will1505 posted a comment   

How does someone go about getting that job....


MasrurO posted a reply   

Will1505 getting a job as a driver?


RobF3 posted a comment   

Why are they all in same place?


MasrurO posted a reply   

This pcture was taken right after the upgrade to all cars, right before they were shipped all over the US the older cars made their way to other countries and only few cars with new cameras left the US.


stinky posted a comment   

"Two wheeled trike" ???


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Whoops! Got ahead of myself a bit there. Make that three.


MasrurO posted a reply   

Also each R7 unit contains 15 cameras

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