Google Street View Almost In Canada

Google Street View is an amazing feature of Google Maps that allows you to zoom into an intersection and move around in it from the Maps interface. The images you see on Google Street View are not live but they are real life images taken to provide a virtual tour of city streets.

streetview

Well, as many know this feature has yet to hit Canada with any real momentum. The feature is available in numerous countries around the world in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region but you can view it with the most locations in the USA.

Street View support was also added to the iPhone Google Maps with firmware update 2.2. When using the Google Maps on your device, if you drop a pin on an intersection in the USA for example, the ‘little-guy-with-a-head’ icon (AKA: Pegman) lights up and you tap Pegman to begin Street View. However in Canada, Pegman does not light up 🙁

Maps

But there is hope! There have been numerous Canadian sightings of the Google Street View car cruising around Canadian cities in preparation for Google Street View Canada. Well a really neat picture hit my inbox this morning from long time iPhoneInCanada.ca reader ‘belami’ that shows one of those very cars cruising around in Mississauga, Ontario near Eglington Avenue.

I wonder what that discoloration or damage is on the back passenger door? 🙂

Google Car

Although I do have to say I was a little disappointed when I saw the car. It really is quite an ugly contraption. Yes it says “Google” on the side passenger door, which is awesome, but I really expected Google to be cruising around in some kind of epic Apple “iCar”.

iCar

Car preferences aside, this is great news as Google Street View is becoming increasingly accessible to Canadians! You can check out a list of Canadian cities that Google is driving around in right now.

All that is needed is for Google to wrap up with the photos, get some Canadian iPhone support and we’re all good!

Have you seen the Google Street View car in your city?

Thanks again to Belami for the Google Car photo!

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  • rorypiper

    I saw one of these cars cruising around Victoria a month or 2 ago. They were really covering a lot of the Greater Victoria area, from Sooke to Sidney.

  • brunoguglielminetti

    I was talking about that subject this week on m'y Carnet Techno and Reader's have comment that they saw The Google car in Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Granby in Quebec…

  • brunoguglielminetti

    I was talking about that subject this week on my Carnet Techno and readers have comment that they saw the Google car in Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Granby in Quebec…

  • Google street view has made its way into Vancouver as well. Many sightings of that pimp'd out vehicle was seen around town. Bring it on!

  • frazam

    This is such an invasion of my privacy I am going to cry. Just joking!!! Bring it on, I can't wait to see pics of Victoria and hopefully my blurry face.

  • williewilliams

    we have seen this vehicel in Lethbridge, AB as well about three weeks ago. but it was a much nicer ride

  • futch

    Saw it running around Calgary in May

  • bcb

    I saw a Google street view car driving around Vancouver (west side) back in June

  • bvan37

    So they should be driving around in an audi TT then?

  • mlML

    Exactly my thoughts. That's not an “iCar”, it's 100% Audi TT, the ugliest car ever by Audi.

  • Mark

    Coincidentally enough, I drove by it today in Montreal (right around St-Denis and Sherbrooke)

  • Dusty

    I've seen this car crusin around town a few times.

  • bvan37

    Lets not be hasty here, the TT is not so bad, the new ones aren't as nice as the old one, but I'd still be alright drivin' that up and down the boulevards.

  • belami

    Glad to be a contributer to iPhoneInCanada.ca!!
    🙂

  • Mike

    I took a picture of the Google Street View car in Peter's Drive-In when I was out for lunch in Calgary a few weeks ago.

  • evan_phi

    It was in Saint John, NB a few months back, and just last week I saw it running on one of the big highways into the city as well.

  • xnancyx

    I live in Quebec city and few months ago, I saw the Google car with the camera, in the street at my job.. I think that the Google Street View will be available soon in Canada… It's funny to think that I will see my job place with Google Street View..

  • livininvic

    I saw the Google car drive down the street in front of my office building.

    We're on a pretty obscure street that I would NEVER think they would have bothered with…

    Looks like it's going to be pretty comprehensive.

  • They're everywhere!!!
    Hide your faces!! Haha!

  • shawnryder

    My wife told that she was driving behind it here in Halifax a month or so ago…

  • shawnryder

    My wife told that she was driving behind it here in Halifax a month or so ago…

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  • They put so many miles on them, it just does not make sense to drive anything nice.

  • Gagan

    i was out side of my house(Brampton,Ont,canada) when i saw this car and now i can see myself in the google street view map. 🙂