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Why not? If they're "driving" the roads (their term), they're presumably photographing them. You don't need to drive the road just to map it.

Because the Street View rig is expensive to manufacture; ordinary "driving the roads" can be done with normal vehicles. (Heck, you could even source data from usual drivers, if you owned e.g. Waze)

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