Google’s cars return to German roads, but not for Street View

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Yesterday, when I was walking down to my local Berlin food market at lunchtime, I saw a child pointing at a strange but familiar vehicle rolling down the road. It looked like a Google Street View car – which was a surprise, as Google hasn’t been collecting Street View imagery in Germany since 2011.

As I subsequently learned, [company]Google[/company] did indeed put its cars back on German roads this week. However, it’s only using them to keep Google Maps up to date, ensuring that the service is showing the correct street names and routing information. Street View remains off the menu.

Germans can be a tad touchy about privacy, and many objected to the rollout of Street View in the country. Even after Google started automatically blurring faces and number plates, it was forced to give Germans the option of having their houses blurred out as well – something hundreds…

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