Monday, February 2, 2009

Google Street View Driver Hits Deer

Google has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to collecting imagery for Google Maps Street View. It is not surprising that some hiccups would occur along the way. If you don't know, Google has drivers with cameras on top of their vehicles going around to capture the images it uses to compile the Street View feature some people find exceptionally cool, while others find it invasive and creepy.

One of those hiccups occurred recently as one of the drivers collided with a deer (which apparently lived and left the scene). Pictures of this made there way to Street View (you can see them here), and Google is now reporting that they have been pulled due to user requests.

Google uses a blog post about this to share some driving tips. It is also a good reason to look at how to report an inappropriate Street View image. To do this, simply:

1. Locate the image.

2. Click Report a concern in the bottom left corner. A new window will open.

3. Complete the form, and click Submit.

Once you do this, they will review your request. This doesn't necessarily mean that they will honor that request, but if more people complain about it, I would imagine they'll be more likely to do so. I find it hard to believe that there aren't pictures of dead animals littered throughout street view, however, considering how often I see them along the roads while driving.
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