Looks like there’s been a very recent Streetview update for Bend in Google Maps—and I mean very recent, as in within the past week or two at most. Previously they only had the blue "Streetview routes" (in blue) on Highways 97 and 20. Take a look now:
And when you look at the Streetview pictures, it’s obvious they were taken in the Fall—leaves on the trees are turned and the weather looks like, well, like it has been lately. And, you can view the schedule on the Tower Theatre’s sign to see October events highlighted—notably BendFilm. So it’s fairly obvious the Google Car has been through Bend and that Google does fast updates to their system.
Two questions: is the Google Car still driving around Bend, getting Streetview pictures? And, did anyone see it?
Update: Apparently I’m wrong and these images are from last year; the anonymous comment below and over on Jake’s post point out the correct dates and better research. Still, it’s nice to see more coverage coming to Central Oregon and hopefully there will be more updates soon.