Google camera cars due back on Dublin roads

Online Street View of Dublin is a step closer as Google said this morning the project will continue in Ireland next week.

Google said the hardware and software which controversially collected private data from unsecured wireless internet connections in Dublin and other parts of Ireland have been removed from their camera cars.

“Having spoken to the relevant regulators, we have decided to start Street View driving in Ireland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden again starting next week,” wrote Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering at Google Geo.

“Our cars will no longer collect any WiFi information at all, but will continue to collect photos and 3D imagery as they did before”

The most up-to-date Google “driving schedules” notes that the cars are due to in Dublin South West, Newbridge in Kildare, Stratford on Slaney in Wicklow, and areas across the country.

McClendon said: “We recognize that serious mistakes were made in the collection of WiFi payload data, and we have worked to quickly rectify them. However we also believe that Street View is a great product for users, whether people want to find a hotel, check out a potential new home or find a restaurant.”

Details of Street View can be found here.

Screen shot of  Google Street View in Northern Ireland.

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