Google Maps Gets the Largest Street View To Date
October 11, 2012 8:51 AM
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250,000 miles more Street View coverage
Google Maps has been around for quite a few years and one of the most significant additions to the service was Street View coverage. Street View shows people looking at the maps exactly what you would see as you drive down the road in question.
However, one of the biggest catches with Street View is that imagery isn't available in many locations.
To combat this, Google has announced that it has added a huge amount of new Street View data to Google Maps with the most comprehensive update ever made to the offering. Google says that it added over 250,000 miles of roads around the world to its Street View coverage area.
Specifically the new Street View coverage includes roads in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. Google is also launching special collections in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico among other locations.
Street View is more than just what you see driving down a particular road. The service also offers imagery of landmarks such as Elsinore Castle in Denmark and many other places. Street View imagery is also available for sites in Russia such as Catherine Palace and the Ferapontov monastery. A number of other tourist attractions and parts are available to explore using Street View. Google also promises more Street view updates in the future.
The new Street View content should be available for iOS users
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RE: Our gift to the future.
10/11/2012 6:42:56 PM
Agreed. I hope that Google keeps the maps as historical information. Times I wax nostalgic and try to remember how areas that have completely changed over time and try to imagine how they looked back when I was a kid. As a kid places had different looks and depth than they do being older. Too bad this stuff wasn't around years ago...gotta hand it to Google, they only keep striving for more and more to add and improve.
RE: Our gift to the future.
10/12/2012 4:22:09 AM
I hope they start to timestamp streetview (at least with year), and let you roll through the different versions they have had till now. There have been a lot of changes around where I live in the short time streetview have existed and it would be cool to roll through them in streetview
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