July 15, 2008

‘Google Car’ Still on Streets

A CAMERA car thought to belong to internet giant Google has again been spotted in the Capital.

Last week, the Evening News reported how the vehicles are touring the city, photographing roads, landmarks and pedestrians. Google has refused to deny its cars are in Edinburgh, but is remaining secretive over which cities will be included in the new UK version of its controversial Street View service.

Street View offers virtual street-level city tours in an extension to the popular Google Maps service.

Street View tours are currently only available for large American cities and have already sparked complaints after people were photographed sunbathing and visiting sex shops.

The latest sighting of the vehicle in the Capital was in St Giles Street yesterday. UK human rights group Privacy International has complained to the Information Commissioner.

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