Google is going to start its street view images and 3D image collection in many countries this week. Google admitted at the start of this year that they collected personal data that were being sent on the Wi-Fi networks by mistake. They collected this data with their street view cars. They faced a great criticism from many parties.
Google Removes Wi-Fi
Now Google states that they will not collect any data from Wi-Fi. They said that they have removed the Wi-Fi equipment from the Street View cars. Moreover Google is taking the help of independent security firm Stroz Friedberg too and they will approve a protocol for this authentication if any Wi-Fi related hardware or software has been removed from the car before they hit the road.
Now Google expects to be able to send the cars to other countries soon. Bring McClendon, Vice president of Google said in a blog post that they realized that they have done a great mistake by collecting the Wi-Fi payload data. He said that they would resolve this issue very quickly.
However, Google also said that they believe that the Street view is a great product for all users. A user can easily find a hotel, Fuel station, restaurant or their new Home with this widely popular application. Google was forced to apologize to Australians for collecting the unsecured Wi-Fi payload data when the incident happened.
Alan Eustace, who is the senior vice president of research and engineering at Google, said that maintaining the client’s trust is essential to everything they did and that they had to earn that trust every single day. They are extremely aware that they failed badly there when the said incident happened.
Google Street View
Google street view is a technology featured in Google Earth and Google Maps that provides the view from a lot of positions along many streets on the globe. Google street view was launched in many cities of United States on May 25, 2007.And now they are expanding it to other cities worldwide. It displays the images taken from a fleet of adapted cars that are passing through the streets, so can provide a close up view of the place.
A few areas are not accessible by these cars and they include narrow streets, alleys, ski resorts and pedestrian areas. Each vehicle comprises of 9 directional cameras for the view of the street at 360 degrees and at a height of about 2.5 meters. It also contains GPS units for locating the place and three range scanners for measuring of up to fifty meters at the angle of 180 degree at the front of the vehicle. There are also GSM, 3G and Wifi antennas attached with it for scanning the GSM, 3G and Wi-Fi hotspots.
Where it is accessible, the street view images appear after zooming it to the highest zooming level in maps and satellite images. This can be done by dragging a pegman icon onto a location on a map. Using the mouser or keyboard vertical and horizontal zoom levels, the viewing direction can be selected. Solid lines in the image show the estimated path followed by the camera and an arrow link to the next photo in each direction is also clearly visible and adds to the features. More arrows are shown at the crossings and junctions of camera car router.