Google Street View Cars Causing Dirty Roads

Oct 26, 2011 • 8:59 am | comments (5) by | 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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