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Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Google Car hits a baby deer in New York

Blogs are in flames due to this incident happened with the Google Car...

An empty road crossing a forest. Suddently a young deer crossed the road...


The deer sees the car, tries to get away from it and starts running in front of him...


But finally the deer hits against the car and ends up on the floor


Once the car has passed we can see how the deer is in one side of the road...


Those who love animals, and Bambi fans, can remain calm, it seems that the young deer went away from there by itself before the Police arrives...

The own Google Street View team published a note about the topic in their official blog:
http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/01/oh-deer-street-view-and-road-safety.html

"Gathering the imagery for Street View requires quite a bit of driving; as such, we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, accidents do happen -- as some people have noticed, one of our Street View cars hit a deer while driving on a rural road in upstate New York. Due to several user requests using the "Report a concern" tool, these images are no longer available in Street View.

The driver was understandably upset, and promptly stopped to alert the local police and the Street View team at Google. The deer was able to move and had left the area by the time the police arrived. The police explained to our driver that, sadly, this was not an uncommon occurrence in the region -- the New York State Department of Transportation estimates that 60,000-70,000 deer collisions happen per year in New York alone -- and no police report needed to be filed. "

As Google says, the images are not in Street View anymore, but here you can see the fatidic road, right before the place of the incident. Beyond here, the deep black we start to be used to...

360º picture in Google Street View



Position in Google Maps



Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/jan/30/google-digitalmedia

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