We’ve cited the Google Street View cars in various major cities in India before. Now we’ve recently captured them going around the streets of Hyderabad. Here’re some pictures up close. From what we hear, they’re running this operation right from Maharashtra (MH license plates).
Capturing the data is just a phase to get Street View, there will be tons of post processing like blurring out faces, license plates and intelligent image stitching involved after the images are collected. It’s not the first time these cars must have covered the streets of Hyderabad, as they’ve captured WiFi related information before for WiFi triangulation – works perfectly at my home (even after re-location – they must do this often).
Not sure if they noticed me clicking these pictures, but the Scorpio stopped for a while and they drove away from the street (I am hoping I didn’t offend them, it’s not like they’ve not been captured on camera before).
I am guessing, Google would need to do a lot more than auto face blurring algorithms to clean out data in India, they don’t want to see people spitting/peeing/staring on the cameras. Yeah we’re not proud of it, but shit happens.
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