Google Street View

  • Google Hauls Its Street View Cameras Up The Mont Blanc

    Google Hauls Its Street View Cameras Up The Mont Blanc

    Google recently took its Street View cameras to the world’s largest model railroad. Today, it’s going from small models to massive mountains with the launch of its new Street View imagery of the Mont Blanc massif. For this project, Google partnered with a number of photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers and runners to build up this library of 360-degree imagery. Read More

  • You Can Now Visit The World’s Largest Model Railroad In Street View

    You Can Now Visit The World’s Largest Model Railroad In Street View

     Over the years, Google has taken Street View to a number of exotic places. Today, it’s stepping things down by launching a set of Street View images for the world’s largest model railway, the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Miniatur Wunderland isn’t your average model railway exhibit. We’re talking 13,000 kilometers of track, almost a thousand trains… Read More

  • Google Brings Street View To The Ancient City Of Petra

    Google Brings Street View To The Ancient City Of Petra

    Google continues to expand the range of its Street View project. Today, the company is launching imagery from the ancient rock-cut city of Petra, in Jordan (and one of the seven wonders of the world, depending on which list you’re looking at), as well as imagery from 30 other historical sites in the country. This marks Google’s fifth Street View project in the Arab world. Read More

  • Google’s Street View Trekker Makes A Return Trip To The Galapagos Islands

    Google’s Street View Trekker Makes A Return Trip To The Galapagos Islands

    Google’s Street View cameras recently made a return trip to the Galapagos to catch up with the local population of giant tortoises. The company first launched Street View imagery of the islands back in 2013, when it partnered with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galápagos National Park to produce the first set of images. Last year, the company sponsored a similar trip to collect… Read More

  • Google Brings New Street View Imagery To 40 Remote Islands And Underwater Locations

    Google Brings New Street View Imagery To 40 Remote Islands And Underwater Locations

    Google launched a new batch of regular and underwater Street View imagery today that lets you swim with humpback whales off the Cook Islands, dive with parrot fish off the coast of Bali, or walk on a beach in American Samoa. In total, the company added more than 40 new Street View locations with this update — one of the biggest releases of new underwater imagery since the company… Read More

  • Google Street View Welcomes Aboard Its First Cruise Ship

    Google Street View Welcomes Aboard Its First Cruise Ship

    Google has added the first sea vessel to Street View’s roster of panoramically surveilled and stitched places, with a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship getting 20,000 close ups so that armchair surfers can take a virtual tour of the floating holiday camp. Read More

  • Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

    Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

    Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When you’re in the Street View interface, you will now see a small clock… Read More

  • Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs

    Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs

    Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human). Read More

  • Google Street View Adds Panoramic Photos Of Angkor Wat

    Google Street View Adds Panoramic Photos Of Angkor Wat

    Google Street View now has 90,000 new panoramic images of Angkor Wat’s famous temples. The gorgeous photos were taken during sunrise at more than 100 historic sites, including Bayon Temple and the Ramayana’s Battle of Lanka bas relief carvings. Equipment used include Google’s Street View cars and Trekkers, or backpack-mounted cameras. Read More

  • From Static To Suggestive: Nokia’s Earthmine-Powered Vision For The Future Of Maps

    From Static To Suggestive: Nokia’s Earthmine-Powered Vision For The Future Of Maps

    Nokia is preparing to rev up its engines in the location space and drive towards the future of maps. The company whose name is still synonymous with mobile phones in certain parts of the world will hand off its devices & services unit to Microsoft early next year, in exchange for $7.2 billion. Which means it’s going to have the time and money to refocus its efforts on its… Read More

  • Google Takes Street View Inside Gatwick Airport, Its Largest Indoors Maps Use In Europe

    Google Takes Street View Inside Gatwick Airport, Its Largest Indoors Maps Use In Europe

    Airports are perennially filled with exhausted people trying to figure out where they need to be. So enter stage left Google Street View. Google has stitched together more than 2,000 images taken inside the U.K.’s second busiest airport, Gatwick — which has some 34 million passengers tramping through it each year — so you can take a virtual tour of its shiny halls. Read More

  • Google’s Street View Ups Its Panda Count, Adds 6 New Zoos

    Google’s Street View Ups Its Panda Count, Adds 6 New Zoos

    For quite a while now, Google has featured Street View imagery from zoos around the world. Today, the company decided to highlight some of these image collections on its new Views site and also added six new zoos to its lineup. Read More

  • Take A ‘Drive’ With Google Street View Using Leap Motion And Gesture Controls

    Take A ‘Drive’ With Google Street View Using Leap Motion And Gesture Controls

    A new project by Teehan+Lax, the Toronto-based design firm that helped created Ev Williams’ Medium publishing platform, builds on its previous work with Hyperlapse to provide a way to navigate Google Street View with just a wave of your hand. The experiment uses the same engine as Hyperlapse, and takes advantage of an early developer-seeded Leap Motion controller unit to give a user a… Read More

  • Google Street View Hyperlapse Is An Experimental New Way Of Wandering The World

    Google Street View Hyperlapse Is An Experimental New Way Of Wandering The World

    Google Street View is maybe one of the most interesting and under appreciated technical developments of the past decade, but it’s all a little static when viewed through standard channels like Google Maps on the desktop or on a mobile device. A new project from Toronto UX design firm Teehan+Lax, which operates a Labs unit to explore its more playful side, threads together Street View… Read More

  • Google Street View Launches Imagery Of Deserted Town Next To Fukushima Nuclear Plant

    Google Street View Launches Imagery Of Deserted Town Next To Fukushima Nuclear Plant

    Two years after the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Google has launched Street View images of Namie-machi in the Fukushima exclusion zone. The area encompasses Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant, which after the disaster was the scene of the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The 360-degree panoramic imagery, showing ruined buildings on empty streets, is both eerie and… Read More

  • Google Releases Full Report On Street View Investigation, Finds That Staff Knew About Wi-Fi Sniffing

    Google Releases Full Report On Street View Investigation, Finds That Staff Knew About Wi-Fi Sniffing

    Earlier today Google released the full report of the FCC’s investigation into the collection of  “payload data” from open Wi-Fi networks — aka passwords, email and search history from open networks — that its fleet of Street View cars obtained between 2008 and April 2010. An earlier and heavily redacted version of the report was released on April 15 but… Read More

  • Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses

    Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses

    Have you started seeing images in online reCAPTCHAs that look suspiciously like house numbers pulled from Google Street View? Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly what they are. Google confirmed it’s currently running an experiment that involves using its reCAPTCHA spam-fighting system to improve data in Google Maps by having users identify things like street names and… Read More

  • The Best Of Google Demo Slam

    Back in October, we came across a mysterious site called Google Demo Slam a couple days before it actually launched. It turned out to be a fun site featuring demos of different Google products where you can watch two demos side by side and vote for the best one. Some of the demos are by Google engineers, but anyone can submit their own and vie to become a Google Demo Slam champ. Below are a… Read More

  • The Most Beautiful Images On Google Street View

    Since 2007 Google Street View, in an effort to “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” has visually captured the human experience gamut from pranks, to nudity, to crimes to death. While it’s had its share of issues, the Google Maps project is perhaps one of the greatest juxtapositions of technology and imagery our culture… Read More

  • MapCrunch: It's Chatroulette Meets Google Street View

    If Google Street View and Chatroulette mated and gave birth to a lovechild, it’d look a lot like MapCrunch. For the record, this is not a TechCrunch network site, and would have probably been better off with a name like MapRoulette or StreetviewRoulette or something. Either way, if you want to be taken to a random location on Google Street View (in North America, Europe, Asia or… Read More