Google captures Penang roads

Google captures Penang roads
Wong describing the equipment used to obtain 360º views mounted on top of the vehicle in Bukit Mertajam.

GEORGE TOWN - Penang streets will soon be on Google Street View, a feature in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides 360° panoramic views.

Behind the wheel of the Google Street View car is Cody Wong, 25, a curry mee hawker from Alma, Bukit Mertajam.

Wong, who has a Diploma in Information Technology, frequently helps small companies in his town set up their computer systems on a freelance basis.

"A Facebook friend contacted me a few months ago with the job offer."

He added that it is a two-month contract and though he declined to reveal how much he was being paid, he was satisfied with the package.

"It's cool to work for Google while I'm still in Bukit Mertajam," he smiled, adding that whenever he stopped for a break, passersby would rush to take photos of the Street View Car.

Wong said his job is to just drive, with nine cameras on the roof of the car continuously taking high-definition images.

"One of the cameras even points upwards to capture overhead views of tall buildings. When the hard disk fills up, I change it.

"I have no idea how many images are already captured. I started driving the car on Nov 1 and I have already filled up a two-terabyte hard disk, and the second hard disk is already almost full," he said.

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