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  • jaymar.cabebe 6/6/2012 5:04:21 PM
    Cutting edge.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:04:22 PM
    Chevy Astro, in case you're keeping score.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:04:26 PM
  • jaymar.cabebe 6/6/2012 5:04:40 PM
    Not to mention the emissions.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:04:53 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:04:58 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:05:01 PM
    Today's Street View car: Looks like a Subaru. Plus better hardware, more Google paint.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:05:19 PM
    Also: Bicycles. Showing one near Stonehenge.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:05:20 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:05:23 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:05:26 PM
    Actually it's a trike
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:05:47 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:05:48 PM
    Also: The trike on a boat. Or on a train. And a snowmobile.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:05:50 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:05:53 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:06:03 PM
    Not yet showing mounted on a shark. Stay tuned for that.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:06:12 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:06:22 PM
    On snowmobiles, for mapping ski slopes
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:06:29 PM
    Also, the Google Art Project.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:06:37 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:06:40 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:06:45 PM
    "Street View" now on a pushcart trolly. For taking pix in indoor spaces.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:07:15 PM
    What's next? Here it comes. A backback Street View rig, the Trekker
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:07:22 PM
    Photos in a second
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:07:33 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:07:42 PM
    Under 40 pounds, 2 Li Ion batteries, last a day
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:07:48 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:07:56 PM
    Android powered.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:08:03 PM
    Will be taking to national parks, castles.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:08:11 PM
    "I'm interested in taking it to Venice."
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:08:23 PM
    We will be taking imagery in places you wouldn't dream of.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:08:23 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:08:34 PM
    I took it skiing "to test the equipment."
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:08:44 PM
    "It really wasn't so bad."
  • jaymar.cabebe 6/6/2012 5:08:46 PM

    Looks like someone's training to be a Jedi.

  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:09:01 PM
    Yay Josh
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:09:03 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:09:13 PM
    Now Peter Birch, product manager for Google Earth.
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:09:29 PM
    Next dimension of Maps - 3D
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:09:31 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:09:56 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:10:15 PM
    Talking about 3D data they have, it's too coarse. Buildings end up flattened on terrain. "It looks surreal."
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:10:29 PM
    By 2005, started to "extrude" buildings, which helped a bit.
  • Josh Lowensohn 6/6/2012 5:10:30 PM
  • Rafe 6/6/2012 5:10:45 PM
    IN 2006, launched first photorealistic models
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