SPOTTED: Google Maps Street View Car in PCB

by May 2, 2011 • 10 comments

If you’re not a bit nerdy, you probably won’t really care.  But, since this is something that doesn’t happen very often (like maybe once every 3 or 4 years), I figured it was absolutely noteworthy.

Google Maps has several Subaru Impreza cars wrapped in Google Maps garb and outfitted with a roof assembly topped with a “Ladybug” that includes an array of 15 cameras.  The “Ladybug” takes shots slightly down, level and  slightly up at 360 degrees.  The array can snap shots in real time at normal driving speeds.  The driver needs to do nothing else except drive normally while in operation.

The driver of this car is a local, hired as a contractor by Google through the local Workforce Center.  Once he was hired, he was flown to California, trained on how to use the car then drove it back here to map out the area.

When I talked to the driver, he had already completed Panama City proper and Panama City Beach, and was headed to Destin.

So, what does this mean for Panama City Beach?  This means we’re going to have more up to date imagery of Panama City Beach in Google Maps Street View.

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1 Mary May 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

I saw it in town a few weeks ago, thanks for the information!


2 gi May 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

That is to cool. I wondered how they did that. And through the workforce center?! That is cool to.


3 Dave Kellenberger May 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

incredibly cool!


4 Kathy May 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

I saw him in Bid A Wee. Very friendly guy. Guess he knows he’s famous.


5 Sharon Ernst May 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

Since I’ve never seen one of their cars, this was pretty cool! Thanks for posting!


6 Cathy May 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hello Jason…..
I often wondered just how they produced & updated these Google Maps or any other map for that instance.
Thanks for the info & pictures…. now I know what I’ve always wondered.


7 Gus Pickerill May 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I trust that they had no problems with you photographing their vehicle and equipment, since they drive down our streets and photograph our homes, backyards, etc.


8 Leo January 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Just spotted the Google Impreza in Merrick Long Island.


9 Janet July 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Just saw one on rt 8 60 mile outside of SanDeigo. Very interesting.


10 Willie Cummings April 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Just spotted the Google Impreza in Atlanta, Ga…………..Cool…………