By now, most people are familiar with Google Maps Street View feature. Street View shows you a 360 degree view of any address you enter. Google accomplishes this amazing task by using an army of specially outfitted vehicles that drive around and take pictures of every street in the city. The Street View feature has received tons of praise from Internet users, but cities like Nashville, TN are up in arms.
“These Google cars ride up and down our streets, sometimes 12 or 5 times back and forth. They’re making pot holes, causing wrecks and costing our city millions of dollars,” said Nashville’s Mayor, Karl Dean. “If they’re going to ruin our streets, then they’re going to fix them at the same time.” And that’s exactly what he made them do. He had all of the Google Street View cars retrofitted with road line painters and forced them to paint all of the streets of Nashville.
Although Nashville was the first city to make Google provide a municipal service with their vehicles, several other cities have followed suit. Atlanta, GA recently required all Google cars to be outfitted with mosquito sprayers and Houston, TX is requiring all of the cars to pick up road debris.
Matt Cutts, a long-time Google employee, was asked what he thought about this alarming trend. He said, “I’m not really sure how our cars are causing any harm to the city roads and I don’t really see any merit in the claims these cities are making.” He then pulled out a box full of soap, stood up on it, and ranted for about twenty minutes about the real evil that people should be worried about, paid links.