Monday, 22. December 2014
10. 04. 09. - 14:00
A Google camera-car that may be taking photos of city streets has been sighted in Vienna on several occasions over the past few days.
There have been several reports of sightings of a red Opel with a Google sticker and a camera mounted on its roof near Vienna General Hospital and on the Ringstraße. There were also several sightings of a Google camera-car in Vienna last year.
The camera-car may be part of preparations for a Vienna entry in the firm’s "Google Street View" feature, which enables computer users to take so-called "virtual" tours of a city’s streets.
Google reportedly has enough photos of US cities and so has turned to Europe. Panorama photos of cities in France, Italy and Spain were available online in 2008, and such photos of cities in the UK and the Netherlands have become available this year.
The project is somewhat controversial, however, since some Austrians consider it to be a violation of their right to privacy and others fear that it could be of assistance to criminals who want to burglarise households and offices.
The Austrian Society for Data Protection (ARGE) considers Google’s measures to protect privacy to be "inadequate." ARGE claims Google’s operation is "illegal" in Austria.
Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides
360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views of many streets in the world from a row of positions along them (every 10 or 20 metres or so) and from a height of about two metres.
It was launched on May 25, 2007, and has gradually been expanded to include more cities, and, in those cities, more streets, and also some rural areas.
Pedestrian areas, narrow streets and park alleys that cannot be accessed by car are not always covered. Sometimes, however, Google Bikes are used to cover them.
» Travel 2013-04-01
Looking out of the window you may think of anything other than summer, but it is rapidly approaching and that means one thing - Summer holidays!
» Panorama 2013-03-18
Glamour and glitz were out in force at the weekend as stars from Austria and further afield flocked over the red carpet into the Vienna City Hall for a night of awards, dance and partying!
» Panorama 2013-02-11
By far the sweetest event in the Vienna Ball season - the Bonbon Ball took place this weekend.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|UN Security Expert Says One Jihad Poster Girl Is Dead|
|Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student|
|Russian Cops Beat Man To A Pulp In Front Of Children|
|Porsche Driver Crushed After Ploughing Into Lorry|
|Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.