Streets of Derry getting Google mapped again

Scores of Derry Journal readers have spotted the Google mapping car out and about in the city again
Scores of Derry Journal readers have spotted the Google mapping car out and about in the city again

Online giant Google is remapping the streets of Derry.

The first Google mapping of the city went live online back in March 2010 - but now ‘Derry Journal’ readers have spotted the company’s camera car, used to capture the imagery uploaded to their online maps, out and about across the city.

More than 30 readers used our Facebook and Twitter social media sites, to keep us posted of where the car was spotted.

And we’ve had reports of sightings right across Derry, from Creggan, Knightsbridge, Foyle Springs, the Bogside, Campsie, Strand Road and at various locations in the heart of the city centre

A Google spokesman told the ‘Journal’ the maps are refreshed as “regularly as possible.”

“We can’t go into the details about the specific location of trikes, cars or driving schedules as routes can change based on a number of conditions, such as weather, driving conditions and speed of collection.

“However we plan to refresh our imagery as regularly as possible.”

Google maps allows users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery and online visitors to Derry can take a virtual walk around the Walls, the People’s Gallery and Free Derry Corner.

Welcoming the ongoing upgrading of the Google Street View of the Derry city area, SDLP councillor Martin Reilly said: “I brought a motion to Derry City Council in February 2008 calling on Google to improve the quality of their aerial maps of the city and wider northwest at that time.

“In the four years since, technology has advanced dramatically and I’m glad to see Google improving the service further for people here. With advances in smartphone applications, people now can get Google when they are on the move so the improvement in Google Street View is welcome for those who need help navigating the city, or for the diaspora abroad who want to see how much their city has changed since they moved away.”

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