The Google Maps “Street View car” was making it rounds on Eighth Street in Imperial Beach on July 27 when it pulled into Veterans Park and stopped. The driver introduced himself as “Google Mike” and explained what he was doing in town.
“I’m remapping everything from El Centro to Temecula. We started with 26 drivers and then one day they fired everybody but me. Today I have been yelled at once and flipped off three times.
“One thing people can do to protect their privacy is keep their garage doors closed. I try re-driving a street if there’s an open garage door or if people are out with their kids. We have software for blurring faces, but we’re working on new technology for removing people and cars completely and adding a white square over an open garage door.
“Driving around, I do feel very conspicuous, but I have a feeling if I leave the keys in the car no one is going to drive away in it.”