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Saturday, June 2, 2007

License plate reading with Google Street Views

Everytime I wonder if there is anything left to do on these new generation of scrollable maps by Google and Yahoo, one of them surprise me. The latest is the neat addition of Google Maps street view (here) where you can see real street images and navigate around.

But the level of detail captured is, well, um, surprising. See for example a car that was parked on the street on one of their street maps. I can easily read the license plate even without enhancing. But see the enhanced image too - no special tools - just some sharpening and saturation. Infact, the image was so readable, I masked a part of it with a black box in this version.

At this level of detail, for all those folks doing things you should not be, watch out, you are on a world-wide candid camera :-)

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1 comment:

  1. I added all the best "Google Street View" here :