Did a Google Street View Car Not Yield to a Norway Pedestrian?
What a world we live in that we can look at nearly any street in the world on Google Maps. It's possible thanks to a 360 degree camera mounted on top of cars that drive all over the world snapping pictures as they go. Those cars have drivers though, and it looks like one driver who went through downtown Norway, Maine in August of 2018 didn't yield to a pedestrian.
If you've never seen a Google Street View car, this video shows you what they look like. They have the Google logo all over them with cameras mounted on a tall pole on the roof.
While looking through Google Street View at downtown Norway, Maine, I came across what appears to be an incident where the driver of a Google Street View car failed to yield to a pedestrian standing in a crosswalk, which of course we all know is a no-no.
Let's walk through the photos.
Here's the pedestrian standing in the crosswalk as the Google Street Car approaches, perhaps waiting to see if the driver will stop or maybe just fascinated by the funny looking car with the big pole on it. We can't know.
The car gets closer. She's still there. Waiting.
Closer still. She's still there.
Now the car has clearly not stopped as she watches it drive by.
Yep. Pretty sure that's a failure to yield.
Now she's either still curious about the car or watching in bewilderment that the driver didn't stop for her.
And off she goes to cross the street.
So it's obvious the driver didn't stop, but why not? If she waved the car by, it wasn't captured by the camera. What do you think? Did the driver fail to yield?
We'll never know for sure, but the Google Street View is not just watching everything it sees around it, but it's also capturing how the drivers drive.