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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Outside the Box

I received an email from a Street View user who wanted to know why Street View coverage ends in Gridley, California. It's because of an interesting phenomenon where all imagery for a certain location is inside an imaginary rectangle. All or most roads within the box are put in Street View, but the question is...why?

This isn't only in California; Nashville, Toledo, Rochester, and Wichita also are contained in boxes. These boxes are only located in the United States.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

my guess is, doing this helps keep track of where each update is left at. having the street view end in random areas in such a large space would be a logistical nightmare to stay on top of. having the rectangle clearly defines where they've left off and where they need to continue.

again, just a guess...

TheTriforce said...

That makes sense but I am surprised they didn't at least go to Red Bluff and back down WHILE only doing a minimum amount of photos until the next update.

EG. Sticking only to the main highway until update 2.

Then they will continue the coverage of that area at a later time.

It's a perfect rectangle. I've never noticed that before. (slaps self on forehead and sees blue all over the West Coast)

Wait is that an update? No it's just me being knocked silly and going senile.

Anonymous said...

sorry to go off topic, but does anyone how to make street auto-advance to the next frame? meaning, one doesn't have to use their arrow keys to advance to the next photo...

i think this should be a feature implemented into street view...