Based on a story from T-Online, Germany’s largest internet provider, Google won’t be capturing any more Street View imagery in Germany. In addition, they won’t be updating any of the imagery that is already there.
While we haven’t found much confirmation of that story yet, T-Online is a major source of information and the decision by Google makes sense. Given the vast issues they’ve had with Germany regarding Street View, they’d likely be better off to focus their efforts elsewhere.
Interestingly, this announcement came right at the same time that their previous imagery was ruled to be legal, so it was a bit of a surprise.
It’ll be interesting to see how this works out over the next few years.