On McAllister Street near Alamo Square in the Western Addition, June 20, 2013:
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The sad thing was that on this block there was a ton of people waiting for San Francisco’s incompetent bus service, MUNI. (It’s the slowest big city transit system in the history of America.)
And here it is, from a little while back, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…
And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:
And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.
I’ve heard contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different narratives) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.
And of course, don’t forget about the Google Bus:
And the Google Bikes:
And the Google office:
And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:
And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:
So that’s Google’s world.
Now, there are a lot of counterfeit Google Map Cars out there as well:
Accept No Substitutes.
Bon Courage, Googlers!