Has Google Street View Hit London?

SMS Text

[Photo from Dvorak.org, which broke the story]

These black Volkswagon Beetles with video cameras mounted on them have been seen patroling the streets of London, capturing footage of unsuspecting innocents. Is Google behind this?

Expect Google Street Views of London popping up sometime soon on Google UK.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
Loren Baker
Get the latest news from Search Engine Journal!
We value your privacy! See our policy here.
  • Plz Read my blog and comment on it


  • I hope its Google. If been waiting for Google Streetview in Europe since it started in the US.

  • http://virtcity.ru/rub/index.php?nodeparent=65 – virtual tours of Russian cities.

  • I hope its Google.

  • John

    I would love to see Google Maps Street View in the UK as it would be very interesting and useful, but I am rather worried about the privacy issue!

  • Karen Eliot

    What a lot of horrible tacky ads on this blog!!! Just as well I’m using an adblocker – really works!

  • Thanks for very interesting article. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It?s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else?s point of view? makes you think more. So please keep up the great work.
    All the best

  • Google had to cough up the IP. As they are required by law. And now suddenly Google is … Bold Is Good, I Hope It’s Better Than My Curve

  • Plz Read my blog and comment

  • Purzeki

    Yeh, this is google. I’m in Sydney Australia, we’ve got streetview setup already. But I’m coming to the UK in a while, hopefully it will be on. Its an awesome tool to find exactly where you need to go.

  • Adam

    No this isn’t the Google car. The Google car has the google logo pasted all over the side of it (it’s not a secret, they’re not trying to hide it) and the camera mount on the top is a rig with about 6 camera’s pointing in all directions that allow a 360 degree view to be stitched together.

  • ur right this isn’t google, but google are hittin uk seets. just last week they were dwn my north london street. some cars do and don’t have branding but the six cam periscope lookin type rig[I dubbed to make easier, peri-cam] makes it well known.
    stick around n look out cos the uk will be hittin strert view very soon!

  • Forget google we have london streetviews view now on our maps, read the blog:


  • Dear Sir \ Madam,

    We are a fast growing INDIA based Web Marketing Services company.

    We provide complete Natural Link Building Solution in professional Internet Marketing Services with our core competency.

    We have a dedicated team of 80 professionals to serve you. Our Link Builders who specialize in getting theme based targeted links for Client’s website.

    We build the link on cost effective price with the best in the Industries.

    We provide you the Reciprocal and One way link building with following essential parameters guided by Google and other search engines for SEO.

    1. The page where the webmaster has added our link is indexed by Google/Yahoo depending upon the client’s
    2. The committed number of links on that particular link page.
    3. It should not be a ffa (free for all) site.
    4. The sites must be related to the theme of the campaign what we are working for.
    5. Webmaster to use the proper anchor text/description provided to him to place our link at his site.
    6. No webmaster receives a repeated Link Request Mail for the same campaign.

    7. Link pages must not have the NO FOLLOW attribute.

    We strictly work on performance basis and can assure you of getting quality links with a proper reporting format for your site as well.

    Most firms overseas have achieved a significant amount of savings with a high quality by outsourcing either complete or part of their work to us in India.

    We wish you the best of luck and looking forward to a long and healthy business relationship with you and your company.

    Kind Regards,


  • Very cool, we’ve also done something very similar for our commercial property portal. We have mashed together Google street view with MS live birds eye view. We found that these two platforms offer the highest quality. Check out Commercial property mpa search

  • Wow, that’s a very nice car. I don’t think that’s Google Street though 😉