Google Street View Car Spotted in Hudson Valley
You might want to rake your leaves and get that old couch off of your lawn this week.
The Google Street View car has been spotted in and around our area, snapping pictures wherever it goes.
I was out for a walk on Tuesday when I saw the Google car turn into my neighborhood. I couldn't miss the unmistakable pole sticking out of the roof of the vehicle with an enormous camera on top. The Google car is one of a huge fleet of vehicles that are constantly driving around, photographing every street for their online map.
Google users are able to navigate through a virtual-reality tour of their route without ever leaving the house. The images allow the user to see landmarks and businesses as they exist in real life. But because nothing ever stays the same, Google must constantly capture new images of streets every year or so.
After seeing the Google Maps car heading my way I immediately raced home, scrambling to do something that would memorialize my home for anyone who happened to see it on the web. I just so happen to have an enormous suit of armor in my basement, so I ran inside and lugged the clunky 7-foot metal man out onto my curb and stood patiently, waiting for the car to turn down my street.
After about 10 minutes I finally saw the Google Maps vehicle on my corner. Getting into position I posed with the suit of armor, thinking how mad my wife will be when she finds out I'm making a fool of myself in front of the entire world. That's when my excitement turned to disappointment when the Google car drove right past my street and left my neighborhood.
Apparently, Google sometimes only re-photographs main roads and busy locations. Because I live on a cul-de-sac, my street was apparently not on the schedule to be updated this time around.
So while I put my suit of armor back into the house until next year, you might want to keep your eyes out for the Google car. It may be driving past your house today.