Google Streetview in Germany soon to launch

Google Streetview carIn late 2010, Google Streetview will launch in Germany. Photos taken in the 20 largest cities within the country will be made available then. These are: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.

Starting from next week, Google will react to complaints for getting houses removed from Streetview. The complaints can be addressed to Google Germany by postal mail to Hamburg, or via an upcoming webpage. For the first 20 cities, there is a deadline of 4 weeks from the webpage launch onwards. After this, Google is going through the entries and then switch Streetview on for these cities. If you live in a different city, you have more time.

Furthermore, faces and license plates are made unreadable, just like in other countries. The published imagery is not labeled with an exact date; Google just states the year when the photos were taken.