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Spotted: Google Street View Car!

Google Street View Car ©Richard Thomas

What a way to kick off my day! I was driving in Los Angeles this morning, when what to my wondering eyes should appear? That’s right: the Google maps Street View car! The Google map-wrapped Subaru with a red globe of cameras on the roof, was heading south on Fairfax, just south of Little Ethiopia.

Google Street View started back in 2007 as an experimental project in five U.S. cities. Today Street View has images across the globe on all seven continents.

According to Google’s map site, “the latest car has 15 lenses taking 360 degrees of photos. It also has motion sensors to track its position, a hard drive to store data, a small computer running the system, and lasers to capture 3D data to determine distances within the Street View imagery.”

Street View isn’t limited to the current Subaru: also included in the family are Street View Trolley, Street View Trike and Street View Snowmobile.

Google Celebrates Women!

Today is marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In recognition of this historic day, Google is boasting a beautiful logo with a vintage look featuring accomplished women (one graduate, one physician, for example). Google doesn’t stop there. It has teamed up with Women for Women International to invite you to Join Women on the Bridge, an international campaign where tens of thousands of people will united on bridges across the globe to show their solidarity and support for women’s equality.

Don’t worry if you can’t be in physical attendance: Google invites you to participate virtually through Google Street Maps.

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