Google Street View Japan to Start Filming Again

May 4, 2009

Newzjapan is a big Google fan, so we’ve written before about the long awaited appearance of  Google Street View  in Okinawa, Hiroshima, and other non-Tokyo locations, not to mention the debate about privacy and Google Street View in Japan.

We even wrote about the first time that Street View came to Japan.

Gigazine Japan recently reported that the Google Street View car will be back on the road in re-filming all of Tokyo after the Golden Week holidays. Golden Week lasts until May 6th. I hope they are doing everything in high quality view. 

An ad for drivers was reportedly seen from a “famous portal site” looking for six people to drive and film something that will be seen all over the world.

The pay is set to be 1600 yen per hour and a half day’s pay on rainy days during which filming is not possible.

Lastly here is a video introduced in the Gigazine article. It shows someone filming the Google Streetview car (Google Maps Camera Car)  from behind.

{ 2 comments }

1 Dave May 7, 2009 at 8:53 am

I think Streetview was fun for about 3 minutes, although that may be because they never cover areas near me. Can’t really see how it’s going to make any money for Google, unless it’s a loss-leader.

1600 yen an hour – if my car wasn’t without an engine at the moment I could strap the camera to the top of it and have most of Okinawa filmed in half a day!

2 jay May 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm

The streetview car driving job actually sound like a good deal if you’ve got some time, and like to tool around.

I’m looking forward to Google Seafloor View, and Google Footpath View in the future. Maybe in the future we’ll send little remote control cars out, having plotted their paths with Google streetview, then they’ll do all our shopping and errands robotically… We’ll all be fat and happy in our homes, getting soft, innocent and unsuspecting until the advent of technological singularity.