Two Google "Street View" camera cars in Edinburgh

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    In Johnston Terrace under the Castle. A close up view of the camera head can be seen here.

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    1. smokeonit 68 months ago | reply

      i think the first thing they get taught in their 1st day/intro is that their clearance is x amount.... i wouldn't be surprised if there's also a sticker on the dash reminding them...:-)

    2. Ghiribizzo 68 months ago | reply

      Interesting that they are UK registered cars but Opel not Vauxhall. Google must've decided to go for a cheap grey import.
      Mebbe they googled for a cheap deal...

    3. zzathras777 68 months ago | reply

      Thank goodness I wasn't in Edinburgh this week.

    4. smokeonit 68 months ago | reply

      ghiri: they're converted to right hand by GM/opel and will be converted back to left hand after the lease or the SV job is done (my guess)

    5. Ghiribizzo 68 months ago | reply

      hehe - more likely they were bought via an overseas agency. Ireland gets UK style RHDrive cars, but are badged Opel - not Vauxhall.
      I'll be off to Italy in 3 weeks. Guaranteed the only black 'Vauxhall' Astra in Lombardia! ;-)

    6. smokeonit 68 months ago | reply

      i didn't know that opel is sold in ireland, thanks for the info! then it's clear, those are irish opel astras....!!! simple as that;-) google ireland seems to have made the purchase for the left side traffic side of the EU, which ist ireland and UK only. and some islands in the mediterranean like malta.... which i doubt will be "street viewed"....

    7. smokeonit 68 months ago | reply

      Ghiribizzo: there could be other UK tourists with their astra in lombardia while your there, or does the astra sell very badly in the UK???? normally it's one of the topsellers in the EU, no matter right or left hand drive....

    8. Ghiribizzo 68 months ago | reply

      :-D No, the Astra does not sell particularly badly in UK but I very seldom see UK registered cars when we are there. I guess most people fly over and hire Italian registered cars. I normally do that.
      I shall look hard for UK registered Astras! ;-)

      - These cars were registered by the Wimbledon, London registration office - the registrations start 'LJ'.

      (Not Irish registered cars -Ireland is not part of Great Britain)

    9. smokeonit 68 months ago | reply

      of course not irish, UK plates look very different from irish plates, LOL...

      google bought/leased them in ireland!!!

    10. kyz 67 months ago | reply

      An excellent find, Chris!

      I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords...

    11. Ian Porter 67 months ago | reply

      I hope I'm not the first to have to do a double take here. At first sight it looks exactly like the produced image on google maps, where you sometimes see a double image of a following vehicle. Who do you suppose choreographed the drivers?

    12. Ghiribizzo 62 months ago | reply

      Spotted one car this morning heading south from Dundee over the Tay bridge.

    13. zzathras777 62 months ago | reply

      There goes the neighbourhood...

    14. Dan Farrimond 61 months ago | reply

      Hey, I used this pic on my blog today, I hope you don't mind.

      If you have any problems let me know and I will remove it :)

    15. Chris_Malcolm 61 months ago | reply

      I see you credited it to me, so no problem.

    16. JeromesPOV 60 months ago | reply

      I have seen this image used here, with a direct link:

      However, it says "(image courtesy of Flickr)", and does not mention your name directly. Since when does Flickr provide courtesy instead of the photographer? Flickr does not own our copyrighted photos, do they?

      I also noted that they hosted your photo on their own server:

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    17. smokeonit 60 months ago | reply

      yes, the credit should ALWAYS be the name of the photographer, and a direct link to the flickr page... jst mentioning flickr or a flickr link is not ok! a link with the name is ok...!

    18. Chris_Malcolm 60 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the alert! How ironic that a staff writer of an article on data protection should do this! I'll take it up with them.

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