Google Street View gets back on the road

After being sidelined over unauthorized collection of people's Wi-Fi data, Street View cars hit the road again in some countries, but will no longer collect any such data.

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Google Street View car makes its rounds in Singapore. CNET Asia

Google's Street View cars are hitting the road again, after being sidelined in May over their unauthorized collection of people's Wi-Fi data.

The cars will go to work in Ireland, Norway, South Africa, and Sweden next week, after Google cleared it with the relevant regulators, the company said in a blog post Friday. (Google also said it expects to "add more countries in time.") All of the vehicles' Wi-Fi data collection equipment, which included hardware and software, have been completely removed, it added.

"Our cars will no longer collect any Wi-Fi information at all, but will continue to collect photos and 3D imagery as they did before," said Google Geo Engineering Vice President Brian McClendon in the blog post.

Read more of "Google Street View gets back on the road" at ZDNet UK.


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