Google Street View cars must look drastically different in Italy from the ones in America. The one time I drove by one it stuck out like a mobile sore thumb with a camera protruding into the air. It was fun to watch people freak out as it drove by.
The Italian government hit Google with a $1.4 million fine for not using cars recognizable enough to avoid. "Cars belonging to the giant of Mountain View roamed Italy’s streets without being entirely recognizable as such, therefore not allowing the people present in those places to decide whether to be photographed or not," Italy’s data protection watchdog said in a statement to Reuters.
Google will do just fine $1.4 million lighter. It's already paid the fine, and the troubles in Italy are nothing compared to Germany, where the company decided it was too much trouble to take new street view photos.