The Tourism Body hailed the arrival of these vehicles to Thailand as a great innovation and a possible boost to Thailand Tourism. I wonder what the Katoeys and Hookers think? Will they run after it to bash it with their high heels? Will they think it is some alien? Who knows, anyway, now everyone can see your house, and if you were giving your partner a bit of a workout near an open window Google may even have a few pics of that. :)
What is street view?
" Street View in Google Maps lets you explore places through 360-degree street-level imagery, whether you’re looking at locations in your town or across the globe. With Street View, you can check out a restaurant before going there, find beautiful places around the world to visit on your next vacation, or check out neighborhoods when you’re looking to move. For Thailand, they are hoping that the street view pictures of tourist attractions will help boost tourism... The Google cars have 15 lenses taking 360 degrees of photos. It also has motion sensors to track its position, a hard drive to store data, a small computer running the system, and lasers to capture 3D data to determine distances within the Street View imagery. It normally takes at least a few months to process the collected images before they appear online. It is estimated that it could even take two to three years to have a comprehensive map of Thailand with street view coverage. More information and samples of street view can be found at google.co.th/streetview."
Sadly I was too slow with the camera, by the time I had it out of my pocket The Google-Mobile (or is it a GoGo Mobile in more sense than one) :) had already reached the end of the street and was ready to immortilize a few thousend more Stores, Bars, Ladyboys, Beach Hookers and I suppose me fishing out my camera. So much for being unknown . . .
But really cool, now I can look at every street in detail before having to go there. I may even see a couple of ladies I know and they can inspect some of the bars before applying for a job there.