Google Visual Information is Arresting!
Insurance Companies must be rubbing their hands in glee at the introduction of Google Maps Streetview. The 360 degree high definition view of your house from outside the front door, is a valuable tool for both loss adjusters and claims assessors for virtually every type of insurance cover.
Combine it with the already impressive aerial views from Google Earth and Insurance Companies can add very valuable visual attributes to their already impressive Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Claims assesors can for example look at the state of the roof of a building before heavy storm damage and in car insurance, there is no more drawing of maps to describe the scene of an accident when making a claim, or playing with toy cars in front of the District Judge to explain the accident if the case goes to court – simply all sit around Google Streetview and pinpoint the testimony.
So while on the subject of Google Streetview, have any of you seen the cars going around the country? If you have, it is highly likely that that moment has been captured for posterity and your image is now truly global!
Look what one guy witnessed in Northern England – Google Arrested!
Chris Whiteoak was walking down the road in Bradford when he noticed Google car being pulled over by the police … here’s the story, in Chris’ own words:
“I’m from Bradford, United Kingdom. I was just going on my lunch break at work today and i noticed a black car that had stopped at a red light. It had a “google” sticker on the side, and a large camera “thing” on the top. I decided to pull out my camera phone to take a pic, but just as i did a police car pulled up right behind it and put on it’s lights and officer inside was motioning the car to pull over.
I then realised why, as the car was in the lane to go straight ahead, which was marked “bus / bicycle / taxi only”, before i could take another pic, the google car sped off, went nearly the whole way round the block in busy Bradford city centre (the police still following now with lights and siren on!), before eventually pulling into a car park… which just happened to be the car park to the old police station!!!
When i eventually caught up i did manage to get a picture of the police car and the Google car pulled over in the car park, after which the officer got out of the car and started asking me not to take pictures! lol
Also, I’m hoping when they put the street level view for Bradford on google maps, am hoping there will be a cheeky pic of me taking a pic of the google car, which i can then upload to google earth my pic of the google car taking a pic of me (if that makes sense?!? lol) “
And now, the those arresting photos:
Well guess what Chris? – Bradford has just come on line at Google Streetview UK and Yes, you are on it!
Let us know if there’s a picture of you on Google Streetview and thanks Chris!