[OSM-talk] Google StreetView From Bikes

simon at mungewell.org simon at mungewell.org
Thu Jul 30 23:12:41 BST 2009

I meant to send this to the list...

>> What's wrong with it?  Where's the exact line dividing looking with
>> naked eye and filming?
> I think that the difference here is that they make the images available
> for others to view. There can be a great difference between taking a
> picture of a drunk, and posting the same picture on the web (especially if
> you call it 'drunk.jpg').
> As to the elevation of the camera head, I think they also need the
> multiple cameras to be close to a point source (rather on the sides of the
> car) so that they can stitch the images together.
> I assume that the boxes below the camera were LIDAR, so the cyclist
> probably doesn't want to be hit with that all day either.
> The positioning of the GPS antenna seemed a bit odd, one would think on
> top of the pole would be better (unless they are photographing upwards as
> well).
> I think that the cars also collect GSM tower IDs/timing/signal strength
> and 802.11 MAC/signal strength, as these are used in their mobile
> applications for augmenting position.
> http://code.google.com/apis/gears/geolocation_network_protocol.html
> Cheers,
> Simon.

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