Posts Tagged ‘my favorite places’

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

Friday, August 27th, 2010

[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?

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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.”

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

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

[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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Via damianspainClick to expand

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!