For the past couple of days, Neosho residents may have noticed the Google Street View car canvassing the roads in and around Neosho.
As far as what the main purpose is of the car being in the area, an unnamed Google spokesperson said, "Driving or re-driving areas for refreshed imagery is something that we do from time to time as part of our effort to provide our users with the most comprehensive, accurate and useful maps possible."
Street View first became available in 2007 and is now available in many cities across 45 countries.
"Some Street View imagery of your area is already available on Google Maps," according to a press release.
So, how does it work?
Street View cars have special cameras that take photographs as they drive down public streets. Once the photographs have been taken, they go through computer processing to make them ready for use on Google Maps. This includes stitching the still photos into panoramas, and applying Google's face blurring technology that helps make sure that passers-by and license plates in the photographs can't be identified. Once in Google Maps, you can visually explore and navigate a neighborhood through these street-level photographs, moving up and down roads, or looking around in 360 degrees. In addition, they have also created easy-to-use reporting tools so that people can ask for images of their house, car or themselves to be further obscured in Street View. They can simply click on "Report a problem" on the bottom left-hand side of the Street View image, submit a request, and Google will blur the image.
The Google spokesperson said he could not give the amount of time the car would be in the area.