Mysterious Early Central Mexico Imagery from May(?) 2007?

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12/16/19 01:28 AM

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Hello, it's been a while, but after looking on the CNET article about Google's street view coverage over the years (, I could not help but get mesmerized by this video which rapidly presents the expanding coverage since May 2007:

What intrigues me is that the first blue lines to show up are CA's I5/405 as well as a specific road/highway in Central Mexico (Zacatecas, NE Jalisco, Guanajauto, San Luis Potosi and Querétaro are in my scope here), even predating coverage in Tijuana, where the crew had been in July 2007 after being virtually at the border a month earlier.

Too bad I can't zoom in the same way I would do in maps, so the faint blips of imagery in the Milwaukee/Chicago/Detroit/Columbus areas from June 2007 were shown outside of CA (You can see them in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area if you look close enough) are not shown. There's even a chance that Google might have never been to Indy or Pittsburgh during that time either after years of hunting high and low for the missing links.

On the bright side, however, another interesting discovery I have made was that the very first SV images from Japan date from early as January 2008, and apparently there's imagery from March 2008 in the Netherlands (I've seen these myself in Amsterdam, and these seem to be the earliest higher-quality images from Google before going back to the old cameras for France, Monaco and Italy the following month) and Luxembourg. Wikipedia also provides a link to imagery in London taken during that time on "Coverage of Google Street View."

If anyone can find imagery that early in Central Mexico, I'd greatly appreciate it as an obscure piece of SV history!

I'd also greatly appreciate if Google makes an interactive map with a slider that filters how old (or new) you want the imagery to be, so once you click, hold and let go of the mouse, the imagery from that specific month/year will appear to go along this news; this would be much more detailed than just making a non-interactive map simply showing rapid expansion of coverage.
01/06/20 05:57 PM

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Jul. 2007 Imagery in NJ (Towards Atlantic City/Cape May?)
Mar. 2008 Imagery in London (Virtually invisible on the map) (,-0.1638585,3a,74.2y,223.94h,90.94t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sNKbH8ERQ7GHTDhet_mjbVw!2e0!5s20080301T000000!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en) - One of the very first higher quality shots!

And who were the pranksters who said that the earliest SV imagery in the US was from Feb./Jan 2007? Google never acknowledged the existence of such imagery taken by them that early.
03/25/20 08:14 PM

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A second, closer look revealed the following:

May 2007 Imagery along the AZ/NM-Mexico border. Keep your eyes peeled for this one!
Jun. 2007 Imagery in OR (West - OR-273/I5 Area? & Central - Between Klamath Falls & Bend, but I'm not quite 100% sure, yet confident based on location)
Jul. 2007 Imagery in Eastern BC/Western AB (Canada) - No luck finding it on SV so far.
Nov. 2007 Imagery in Western Nova Scotia (Canada) (Some cove, look closely for this one, facing the easternmost point of Maine)

I find it quite amusing to find out that street view imagery is scattered among several places rather than constant drives.

I check back on this pretty much daily. The hunt continues! Good luck!
07/22/20 03:40 AM

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The "Jan 2007" street view in Mexico is a dating mistake done by Google; it was actually taken circa 2013.,-101.3572119,3a,75y,0.59h,75.27t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sp7U1OXsrzeMsi3iu-WKIwA!2e0!5s20070101T000000!7i13312!8i6656
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