Friday, January 30, 2009

Google Street View car hits Bambi

Poor Bambi the deer! Bambi lies helpless on the street when a Google Street View car hit the poor deer while the Street View car was taking pictures of streets. Those who have seen the [it looks to me] "dead" deer on Street View reacted on why Google allowed the posting of the pictures online. After several complaints, Google removed the images. But of course, copies are already circulating everywhere.

The images were taken on Five Points Road in Rush, New York.

Google's statement:

Gathering the imagery for Street View requires quite a bit of driving; as such, we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, accidents do happen -- as some people have noticed, one of our Street View cars hit a deer while driving on a rural road in upstate New York. Due to several user requests using the "Report a concern" tool, these images are no longer available in Street View.

The driver was understandably upset, and promptly stopped to alert the local police and the Street View team at Google. The deer was able to move and had left the area by the time the police arrived. The police explained to our driver that, sadly, this was not an uncommon occurrence in the region -- the New York State Department of Transportation estimates that 60,000-70,000 deer collisions happen per year in New York alone -- and no police report needed to be filed.

Photos of the deer hit by Google Street View Car


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