One Step

[via engadget, physorg, etc..]

For those of you who remember my post from three years ago, we asserted that the best way to deal with images of people, cars, and other moving objects in Street View (and by extension Microsoft’s own StreetSide product) was not to blur, but to remove them entirely. They could always be re-added in a variety of forms, ideally as dynamic 3D objects.

Looks like it’s taken a while, but the simplest method of removing people — comparing successive images for similarities — works pretty well. Congrats to the grad student who pulled this off. Nice work.