• May 29, 2007
Using Google Maps to peer down from the heavens and zoom into your best friend's back yard never gets old. Today Google further fed our God complex by introducing a brand new feature to its all-encompassing maps called Street View. Though it only appears to be working in major cities like the Big Apple, Street View allows you to drag a little yellow figure (kind of looks like the AOL dude) around the map, and wherever you drop him a window pops up showing you a 360-degree image around which you can pan to see what the figure sees at that location. It also shows you which direction each street flows, and whether it's two-way or one-way.

My overactive imagination explains the technology this way. As you drag the figure around the map, a small hover droid is activated and follows your movements over the cityscape of New York City. When you let go over, say, 436 11th Ave., the droid rapidly descends in front of the Jacob Javits Center and quickly takes a series of snaps around its spheroid body, which are then uploaded via a sat-com link to the servers at Google HQ.

Seriously, it's a pretty trick feature that should make driving to your destination much easier since you will actually know what your destination looks like. Hopefully the feature quickly rolls out in other cities besides the biggest ones.

[Source: Google Maps via Digg]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It's reflected in one of the windows of Miami's "The Collection" no less...

      http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t198/69Liters/GoogleStreetView.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      Amazon's A9 was doing this 2 years ago. Last I heard, they dropped it as it was too expensive to keep the database current. Since Google has more money than it knows what to do with, perhaps this won't be an issue for them...

      Chris.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very handy to find that somebody's been scamming by giving phony address. It can be hard to tell the difference between an apt. bldg. and a warehouse using Google Earth.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I added here the most amazing Street View : http://www.geo-trotter.com/cat-street-view.php
      • 7 Years Ago
      Huge collection of street view sightings can be seen at:

      http://www.streetviewfun.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      I added here some amazing Street View from the last update (08/2007).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great new feature. I would love to see a rollout map of future cities and dates. However, I wonder if the visible license plates and faces of pedestrians will alarm the privacy-sensative...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I added here the most amazing Street View.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here is another site that has a large selection of StreetView finds:
      http://www.mapmole.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      I added here the most amazing Street View.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like it doesn't support views of my favorite nudie bars yet...La Pigalle in Paris, France for one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is awesome.

      Wonder when they'll be adding this for Dallas.