Google’s array of bug-eyed vans are out and about on the streets of the UK again, to complete the task of providing comprehensive 3D imagery of our roads.
Google were forced to suspend their fleet of Street View cars after it emerged that Google had been unwittingly collecting large amounts of Wi-Fi data as its cars roamed around. The search giant said it needed to collect public network SSIDs and router MAC addresses for use in its location aware products such as Google Maps – but that as the same time it had been collecting private data it didn’t actually need.
The company said that payload data was obtained only from open networks as the cars passed by, and was a result of unnecessary code in its Wi-Fi data collecting software.
Back in July, Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering for Google Geo said in a blog post that, “as soon as we discovered our error, we not only stopped collecting WiFi data entirely, but also grounded our fleet of cars globally to give us time to remove the WiFi scanning equipment and discuss what had happened with local regulators.”
Now it has actually done this, the cars are once again on the roads, filling in the gaps that are left. The cards will be heading out across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as the Isle of Wight, so if you’re an exhibitionist, that’s where you should plan your holidays.
Link: Google UK Street View page.