What Is Google Street View?
Google Street View is a feature within Google Maps which allows users to explore panoramic views of the world, take a virtual walk, locate a specific shop, restaurant and/or hotel, and you can even explore landmarks.
The moveable fully interactive panoramic views are achieved by stitching photographs together to form one continuous picture. This allows online users, clients and customers to take a virtual walk down any road of their choice and even zoom in on shop windows.
The photographs are usually taken by cars with specially fitted 360 degree cameras on the roof, although for more inaccessible locations, cameras are handheld by professional photographers.
Launched in 2007, Google Street View covers 5 million miles of roads across 40 countries and through over 3,000 cities. It can place users at the centre of some of the most amazing places in the world. Notably, the top of Mount Everest, the bottom of the Grand Canyon, alongside the Great Pyramids, inside the International Space Station and diving for Coral Reefs. Street View from a dog’s perspective has also recently been launched in Japan.
In 2011, Google launched Business View, a ‘Street View’ virtual tour inside business premises and locations. This is now thriving in the US and UK as more and more businesses recognise the benefits of opening their doors to a world of possible customers, from behind a camera lens.
The opportunities Google Street View has created are endless, from being used in the development of self-driving cars to assisting in demographic analysis in the U.S. Elections. Watch this space.