Google Isn’t the Only Company Mapping the Presidio – What is this Subaru Detecting All Over Town?

[UPDATE: OMG, the blue car below might actually be from Google. See the comments. I fear the worst. Courage…]

[REUPDATE: Bluoz, that guy who just loves to hate on Randy Shaw and that whole Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron public-private real-estate/media empire, confirms the Googleness of this Subaru. It says “Google” right on the side of the thing. They’re ba-aaaack! First chemtrails and now this.]

Remember this scene back from aught-eight, when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio?


Courtesy of damianspain. Click to expand

Now, it turned out that the Google Car 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. But Google showed up anyway so somebody called the federales and Google got an expensive citation.

Well, Google isn’t the only operator of maps cars about town, it seems. Check out this new one, one that only just recently ventured into our Presidio:

What is the driver mapping with that masted array? And does the Silicon Valley company that sent it here doing whatever it is it’s doing  have permission from the Presidio Trust?

Don’t know and don’t know.

Keep a look out.

And to our corporate overlords, I say this: Any Car Color But Black:

“Project requirements
20 cars where allocated to Germany. We felt that the remaining visible black on the cars was still playing a negative role especially with the derogatory press that Street View had received in the past year.

What we did
We co-ordinated with Googles Geo team, logistics team and Street View car teams to produce a full car wrap that would cover the whole car. The chosen designs were then implemented by Picture onto 20 cars over a period of 5 days in Stuttgart.”

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9 Responses to “Google Isn’t the Only Company Mapping the Presidio – What is this Subaru Detecting All Over Town?”

  1. andrew says:

    noticed that guy driving along the embarcadero about two weeks ago, but he was gone before i was able to snap a pic.

  2. John says:

    That car was parked in front of my office the other day, it said Google on the magnet on the side of it.

  3. jeff says:

    ha…I snapped a photo of this same car down by the KGO building the other day

  4. Saw that car coming north on 101 into the city this morning about 9:30 a.m.

  5. Kevin says:

    I saw the same blue Subaru on Masonic @ the Panhandle yesterday, and I can confirm that it did indeed have a Google magnet sticker on the side.

  6. jeff says:

    yes, the other photo i took clearly shows the Google logo

  7. meligrosa says:

    you toxic bitchhhhhhhh

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I saw the blue car on Guerrero near 26th St just yesterday.

  9. elmaynardo says:

    Saw it once in the Outer Sunset two weeks ago and again tonight.