Google Street View Cars Causing Dirty Roads

Oct 26, 2011 • 8:59 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Dirty RoadsA serious complaint came from a resident in Brooklyn, New York against a Google street view car that is leading to his road becoming a huge dirt pile.

The issue was reported by the upset resident in a Google Maps Help thread, claiming that the street view car doesn't obey the alternate side-of-the-street parking rules and because of the commercial plates, it is okay legally. The issue is, the street cleaners can't clean the road because of the car and thus the road gets incredibly messy and unpleasant for residents and visitors.

The resident who lives at McKinley Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208 said:

Every night he brings his Google-Map car home. Sometimes he brings his friend home in his car, other times he comes home alone. He parks this commercial vehicle on a residential street; we have alternate side-of-the-street parking 4 days of the week and parking is a problem here without commercial vehicles and cabs taking the spots. He will not always move his car before the street cleaners come down the block - so then we don't get that side-of-the-street cleaned because of his selfishness. I can't believe that Google allows employees to take their cars home, and use them for personal use!

Google's Daniel replied saying he will have someone contact the car's operator and added:

Thanks for letting us know about this issue, we'll follow-up with our car operator. You may want to remove this post as we do not recommend sharing private information such as your address on a public web forum.

Honestly, looking at the street view images of that location, it doesn't look that messy to me.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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Sam nedworthy

10/26/2011 02:09 pm

That whole street looks kinda dumpy. Must be a hot spot for drug deals, as well. notice the hanging shoes on the line when looking North...

Justin Howley

10/26/2011 03:56 pm

I think it's hilarious that they're concerned over the privacy of the person's address. yet the Street View cars have no issue taking photos of anyone and anything.


10/26/2011 04:20 pm

You can't really blame the street cleaners when there's trash all over the lawns and sidewalks. This appears to be a neighbourhood trash problem, not a single Google car problem. There are more creative ways to have someone move their car than crying to Google.


10/26/2011 08:30 pm

This looks like a $h!ty neighborhood, they are probably selling crack on the streets and dont want to be caught by Google Map

ShamrockGift Reviews

10/29/2011 12:05 am

You can use Street View to conduct various surveys.In many surveys it is difficult to visit every place, so it is very convenient to use Google Street View. It is a very powerful tool to see and compare various maps, in which you can see terrain, traffic flow, housing etc. It is an amazing tool however, it contain some critical issues of privacy and some times of law.

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