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Google Streetview comes to South Africa

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Google has just announced that Streetview will come to South Africa. This according to mybroadband.co.za

Apparently “in the coming weeks Google will begin driving around South Africa and taking photographs of locations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.”

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The news was barely out the door when twitter started going wild. I also got an sms from a friend traveling along the N3 near Pretoria to say that he had just past a White streetview car traveling South towards Durban.  After unhitching his tralor next to the highway he turned around and gave chase trying to snap a picture of the car in action.  130km later and he could not catch them, Obviously the streetview car was traveling alot faster than my friend and sadly no pictures are forthcoming.  Better luck next time John ;-)

Luckily a few pictures of the new South African Google Prius Streetview car have already made there way onto the net and it’s going to be interesting to see how South Africans feel about the streetview car driving their streets in the next few weeks.  I personally can’t wait to have localized streetview images on my mobile device.

Welcome to South Africa Google Street View, looking forward to seeing you in my part of the world soon.

Google Streetview: The Update

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

fringsters the long wait is finally over for streetview fans in Taiwan, Portugal, and Switzerland.  Thats right boys and girls Google streetview finally supports your countries.

For those of us here in Africa though the wait is far from over, however the good news is that Google is busy mapping roads in South Africa, so hopefully we will be streetview friendly before 2010.

Google also today introduced a new street view trike to explore pedestrian-focused areas.  The new Google trike is perfect for those hard to reach locations, a recently launched sample of the trike in action is the all new streetview of Lego Land California.

Finaly for those who have been yerning for years to have the Google street view crew visit your area, Google has just launched their Streetview Partner Program, “Now, any organization or business can apply to have their property featured in Street View.” The most recent partner locations are:  Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaThunderhill Raceway Park, and San Diego State University.


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“If you happen to work at a location that you think would be a great fit for the Partner Program, be sure to click here to find out more about how you too can be featured in Street View.”