Thursday, January 17, 2013

No animals were harmed in the creation of this Street View scene, really: Google

Google's Street View cars have taken a lot of heat over the years, whether it was because of privacy issues, strange pictures, or wi-fi snooping. The latest issue involves -- wait for it -- a supposed dead donkey.

No, said Google on Wednesday: That wasn't our fault.

It all started recently when sharp-eyed Google Street View users began questioning the company about a Street View scene that appeared to show a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana lying on its side, apparently in the wake of a Google Street View vehicle.

At first glance (above), the donkey appeared dead.

The company felt the heat enough to take time to respond. In a manner similar to the response given by the Obama Administration about building a Death Star, the company snarkily called it "Never Ass-ume."
Over the last 24-hours concerned members of the public and the media have been speculating on the fate of a donkey pictured in Street View in the Kweneng region of Botswana.

Because of the way our 360-degree imagery is put together, it looked to some that our car had been involved in an unseemly hit and run, leaving the humble beast stranded in the road.

As our imagery below shows, the donkey was lying in the path - perhaps enjoying a dust bath - before moving safely aside as our car drove past. I’m pleased to confirm the donkey is alive and well.
Those images, seen in a slideshow here, prove Google's case.

We can all go back to making up Te'oing images.



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