Two years ago, Google sent out an army of hybrid electric automobiles, each one bearing nine cameras on a single pole. Armed with a GPS and three laser range scanners, this fleet of cars began an endless quest to photograph every highway and byway in the free world.
To prevent identification of individuals and vehicles, faces and license plates are blurred. But Street View’s facial recognition software sometimes fails, unintentionally revealing an individual’s identity. (source : artfagcity.com)
Here is Jon Rafman's blog, with a collection of great snaps; some of them do remind me of Jeff Wall’s staged tableaux.