Google Maps Car Records Federal Police Chasing and Busting… the Google Maps Car

[UPDATE: Uh oh – appears as if Google has revisited the Presidio to update all the photos they had in there. So now you can’t follow the police chase by looking at the dozen or so shots actions shots from 2008. Too bad!]

[UPDATE II: Google has moved on to Subaru Cars: Meet the New Google Maps Car 2011.]

Here’s the scene last year when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio:

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Turns out that the Google Driver got ticketed, but not for a moving violation. Apparently, Google didn’t feel the need to secure a permit to photograph this National Park for commercial purposes, even after discussing the issue with the Presidio Trust. So, somebody working at the Presidio called the Federales and Google got an expensive citation.

It seems that rich, rich Google can afford to plant 800 pound “pins” all over town for the promotion of Google’s My Favorite Places, but it can’t see its way clear to get a necessary permit to operate on federal land? Mmmm.

Now, go here [you can still try but I think they're all gone now] to see the hot pursuit by this United States Park Police Officer. Scroll around and keep clicking – you’ll see the whole chase all the way up Montgomery Street.

Pull over, Google! The feds want to chat:

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“I’m in Hot Pursuit! Choo choo!  Kik-kik-kyah, I love it! I love it!” Or kyew kyew, either way.

But if Google can afford $700 Japanese toilets for all its bathroom stalls, then it can probably afford the occasional trespassing citation.

Anyway, keep up the good work, Googoo!

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