Update 23rd June 2009: Google Street View car spotted surveying Sittingbourne again. This time I spotted the car driving from Park Avenue across the mini roundabout and going onto Bell Road. With a sense of déjà vu I spotted the car on a Wednesday, 17th June 2009 – at 2.20pm. I would like to hear from anyone else who can confirm the whereabouts of my siting – as I could only catch a brief glimpse since I was a number of cars behind on approach to the roundabout.
Original article- 13th May 2009: LawUpdates co-editor Robert Hougham has today (Wednesday, 13th May 2009) spotted the Google Street View car surveying Sittingbourne, Kent, whilst driving along Homewood Avenue at 2.20pm. The Google Street View car appeared to have just surveyed College Road and was pulling out of the junction to go onto Homewood Avenue. The car was a standard black ‘mark 5? Vauxhall Astra featuring a small white ‘Google’ logo on the drivers door. Clearly what stood out was the not so standard, large stalks mounted on the roof to support the camera. Recent reports from America have documented the Street View camera even hitting a low bridge.
Whilst Robert Hougham feels extremely fortunate to have the chance to spot the car that has been subject to the privacy spotlight. LawUpdates would like to hear views from others that who may also have seen the car in recent weeks and how they feel about having their homes surveyed for public view. If anyone manages to capture a photo of the car surveying Sittingbourne area in the next few weeks, please send it to us at LawUpdates to feature. You can now follow LawUpdates on twitter.