Archive for April, 2010

Post Office Google

April 19, 2010

There is a nifty little website called vPike.com. Unlike other sites that allow you to see your home from a satellite, vPike will show you the front of your house. This can be handy when inviting people to your home for the first time. Just send them the link with your home in view and they’ll know what to watch for when Mapquest drops them on your street. How did they do it? Simple, they had vehicles with 360 degree cameras mounted on them drive, well, pretty much everywhere. Think of the gas and time wasted for that! It’s a good idea, I guess, but there was a more economical way to go about it. Consider, what agency covers 90+% of the United States? Give up? The US Postal service. They cover all that area on a daily basis.
Why am I bringing this up? Um…wait a sec, I was going somewhere with this…oh, yeah! Now, imagine vPike (a subsidiary of Google, BTW) mounting their cameras on Postal vehicles. It would literally cost the post office nothing, and vPike would save the cost of gas and man-hours while getting daily updates for their website. Now, to be sure, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, so vPike would have to pay a fee to the US Postal service, but it would have to be way less than doing the driving themselves, and it would help the post office get back in the black. Smart, yes?
I have already suggested this to vPike and the post office. If you think this is a good idea, let vPike and the post office know. At the minimum, it will reduce carbon emissions from all those vPike vehicles cruising the roads.

I don’t always have to rant, you know.