Greetings, Citizen!

I think it's hilarious that this orange truck — CA license plate 4Y84599* — is going to be parked in front of Google's notional DNA Lounge for (possibly) years, based on how infrequently they update the satellite imagery!

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* I'm not 100% sure I read the plate right, since DMV says it's never had a smog check. I can't find a site that will do a registration lookup without charging money.

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35 Responses:

  1. gaal says:

    I wonder, had it been facing the other way, if the snapshot could be used as evidence against the driver for illegal parking.

    • jwz says:

      That's a fascinating insight you've had there. I can feel my mind expanding.

    • supersat says:

      That would assume the driver is also the registered owner of the truck. If a citation was issued shortly after the picture was taken, the owner could probably say who the actual driver was. This picture could be taken anytime though, and there's no timestamp AFAIK. I think citations for these types of violations also need to be issued shortly (within 30 days?) after the actual infraction.

      IANAL. ;)

  2. fnoo says:

    The maps thing didn't bug me much (or at all), but this kinda scares me a little.

  3. latemodel says:

    The thing I love is that the old Valencia Gardens is still on the satellite images (and thus, now, their building footprints) but the new Valencia Gardens is in their streetscapes.

    They tore down the old one in 2004.

  4. fo0bar says:

    It could be possible that the truck is no longer registered. The last year my car (4MZS095, I can't believe I still have that memorized) was registered and smogged in California was July 2002. 5 years ago, but that's really not too long ago. Anyway, no record of that either. Maybe they purge public records.

  5. cetan says:

    Or, if you would like to virtually visit France or Spain: used to have street level photos with A9 Maps but they decided to abandon the whole thing.

  6. elainegrey says:

    I suppose it's satellite imagery for a very loose definition of "satellite" -- but i think the stationary truck meets the definition of satellite better than the truck with the eleven cameras driving around town.

    • jwz says:

      If you think I was refering to the street-level photos as satellite imagery, uh, no.

      And yes, I do know that most of the map photos are from low-flying planes, not from satellites. The button you click on the map window still says "Satellite" in it.

  7. taffer says:

    The Phase Two article needs more redesigned Starbucks logo.

  8. nightrider says:

    I went down to the corner to see if I could get another angle... and found an Auto-Chlor truck also "permanently" parked in front of DNA Lounge.

    • jwz says:

      "I have become unstuck in time!"

      I think the corner view must be around 6-8pm, and the closer view must be around 2-4pm. I wonder if they were even taken on the same day.

      • nightrider says:

        Pinched from InfoWorld:

        Google debuted Street View on Tuesday with major roads in San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver and promises to add more cities "in the near future."

        Meanwhile, Google also announced it is now possible to build lightweight applications so that users can mash them up with Google Maps. Called Mapplets, these gadget applications will be available in the Maps site for users to choose from and apply to their maps. Currently in preview mode, Mapplets can be found in a special version of Google Maps for users who want to try them out.

        Mapplets take the concept of Google Maps mashups one step further, Google said. Previously, developers could build an application on top of Maps and make it available on a specific Web site. Now, those mashups can be packaged as a Mapplet so that several can be combined on a single Maps Web site.

        Developers can find more information about creating these mapplets in this documentation page. To allow for the creation of Mapplets, Google merged two of its existing application programming interfaces: the Gadgets API and the Maps API.

        Well, that certainly throws a monkey wrench into their "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" motto.

        I'm sure there's going to be a lot of interesting captures being posted online in the immediate future. For one, I found what appears to be a test run they did on one random block of Newark, CA and this your tax dollars at work in Oakland.

  9. cow says:

    It's 4Y84899. (Yeah, I'm bored at work. My employer must love me.)

    In that smog check system, it comes up as a Chevy C1500 pickup, so I'm pretty sure that's it.

  10. reesesx says:

    It looks like a 1970ish pickup. As of today, it's not necessary for a car that old to have smog checks, and it may always have been grandfathered in. You only need to smog check california-"native"[1] cars that are between a few years old and thirty years old, although I think they're switching to "made after 1975" for the last criterion.

    Also, it looks commercial (yeah, I'm a quick one) and in the early 70s, one of the big differences between commercial and consumer versions of trucks was that the commercial versions lacked any sort of emission control. However, this would be a much stronger conclusion if it were badged GMC instead of Chevrolet.

    [1] You'd need to smog check a more recent car when bringing it in from outside California if you wanted to register it here.

  11. eisenbud says:

    Aren't diesel vehicles exempt from smog checks?

  12. adolf says:

    Better than the Timeless Orange Truck, is that DNA is displayed as an anonymous gray concrete bunker, completely devoid of any identifying marks.

    I know, I know. Signage is non-free, plus all the hassle of actually finding someone to make it, getting it installed, and so on.

    But: There's a sign company right next door.