Google Street View Car Spotted in Watertown

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Smile, Watertown - you're on camera.

A Google Street View car was spotted in Watertown Thursday and one of our staff members snapped a couple of photos of it. 

Since 2007, Google has been taking street-level photos in many cities for use on Google Maps.

In an email, Google said it couldn't tell us how long the car will be in town. 

The following statement came from Google's press team:

"We pay close attention to the sun when planning our driving, and need the sun to be high enough so that shadows don't obscure buildings. We also consider weather and temperature, since we don't want snow, fog, or rain to cause driving delays or blurred imagery. To get the right light and weather when we drive in the United States, for example, we'll start in the southern states and move north as it gets warmer, and then go south again as winter comes. In addition, when thinking about which places to start photographing, since Street View will be useful for the greatest number of people in large metro areas, we usually start driving there. We often begin at the city center to collect popular downtown areas, and then move outwards."

By the way, Google has created easy-to-use reporting tools so people can ask for images of their house, car or themselves to be further obscured in Street View.

Simply click on "Report a problem" on the bottom left-hand side of the Street View image, submit a request and Google says it will blur the image.
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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