Oh, and they have a “Google Maps stalker mode” too…
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- Google Street View coming to South Africa… (stustake.com)
South Africa prepare yourself for an invasion of a different type. The Google Maps Street View South Africa project launches today. That hideous monstrosity on the right is the Toyota Prius that over the next months will be peeking over your twelve foot walls to help criminals check on the location of your 46inch Bravia.
No doubt this development is due to that little World Cup 2010 thing that is happening next year, but damn the footage is gonna look terrible and be mostly useless considering the state of construction our country is in. Looking for Rosebank Gautrain station? That’s it – behind the pillars of concrete and the zinc walling. Nelspruit Stadium? It looks like an empty piece of land to me… Well, you get the idea.
Anyway, from the marketing schpiel:
Well, when they put it like that, I guess it sounds pretty cool. More here.
In a move probably more related to a push from Apple and Vodafone over the uselessness of the iPhone‘s mapping ability than out of Google‘s own world domination attempts, Google Maps has finally been updated with a vastly more comprehensive detail level on maps in South Africa.
So its good news for all us tech junkies who are too lazy to bother with paper maps, but for the likes of Streetmaps, Brabys and various other South African map printing companies it spells time to rethink or get out.
Best we keep an eye out for Google Street View Cars clogging our streets in the near future, but my hopes aren’t high, so I’ll take that one with a pinch of salt, but it is likely the directions feature should become available as soon as Google points their route crunchers at the new mapping data.