Google Street View in Germany

July 15, 2008 at 6:09 pm 20 comments

I was driving home from work today when I saw the google street view camera car, opened my window and waved. So looks like I will be on the street view when you look for Bockenheimer Warte. 🙂

Streetview is coming to 3 German cities: Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin, and this has gotten some weird press. Germans are very privacy-sensitive, more so than other nationalities, anyway. But some of the arguments against Street View, while possible, or even true, seem petty, paranoid and irrelevant. Basically, it seems like an exercise in neo-luddite nay-saying in the name of the people.

For example, sure thieves can stake out neighborhoods and look for nice cars to steal, but you would still have to know where to look, and you would still need to go there to stake it out. Or the fact that some people don’t like other people looking at their house. Hello? What about all those people walking by your house? Wanna blind-fold them? And people who don’t like being in the pictures (even though their faces are blurred out)? Going by this standard, you couldnt send a TV camera crew to film anything in the city, either. Those arguments seem contrived and designed to make people paranoid.

In a Tagesschau Poll, people here seem pretty muchdivided on the issue and the press is trying to make it look a bit negative.

I for one think street view rocks and I am happy it is coming to my town.

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dinu  |  July 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    thats cool 😛 post a screenshot if this happens 😀

    Reply
  • 2. Martin  |  August 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    The Street View Car also was seen by me in Mannheim on 14.08.2008

    Reply
  • 3. Jens  |  August 19, 2008 at 8:45 am

    I have seen this car in Mannheim, too on 18.08.2008

    Reply
  • 4. Printoutlet  |  September 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Pictures of Google Street View car spotted in Europe on Flickr:
    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=google+street+view+car+in+Europe&m=text

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  • 5. smokeonit  |  October 26, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    google SV sichtungen in D:

    flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/googlestreetviewcar/

    Germany:
    Berlin (pool)
    Bochum (pool)
    Bodensee/Lake Constance Region (Südliches/Southern Württemberg, Landstrasse/Rural Highway)
    Bonn
    Bremen
    Köln/Cologne (pool)
    Darmstadt
    Dortmund (pool)
    Duisburg (pool)
    Essen
    Frankfurt
    Gütersloh (pool)
    Hamburg (pool)
    Heidelberg
    Hilden (pool) (near Düsseldorf)
    Karlsruhe (pool)
    Leipzig (pool)
    Ludwigshafen
    Mannheim (pool)
    München/Munich (pool)
    Nürnberg/Nuremberg (pool)
    Potsdam
    Stuttgart (pool)
    Wiesbaden
    Worms

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  • 7. anonym  |  March 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    cool; I’m waiting for that.

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  • 9. Evan  |  April 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I saw the Street View car out front of my inlaws house in Oldau. Not too far from Celle, Lower Saxony! Looking forward to the pics. Does anyone know when they will be posted on Google maps???

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  • 10. Rodolfo E Ignacio Jr  |  April 22, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I saw right now to see the places in Germany! I want to saw the streets in Poland, and other cities across Europe.

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  • 11. swillard8  |  July 1, 2009 at 7:47 am

    i hope they enable it soon 😀 i want to see berlin ❤

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