We love Google Street View, both for its use as a real tool when mapping directions and for its amazing ability to function as an internet time waster. Turns out, though, that there is yet another awesome use for Google Street View that we had never considered ourselves.

Toronto-based design firm Teehan+Lax has created a process that allows users to build time-lapse animations using Google Street View imagery, and it's calling the resulting videos Hyperlapses. If you don't fancy the predetermined routes made by the firm – though we're sure you will – you can create your own using their web interface.

Scroll down below to see what Street View animations look like in video form, and let us know if you create any of your own that you want to share.

Google Street View Hyperlapse from Teehan+Lax Labs on Vimeo.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      That was great. For just a second, I had a flashback to my childhood, sitting in the back of the family station wagon as my Dad drove us on a long road trip, watching the world go by. It actually reminded me what it was like to be a kid again. Such freedom. You see and enjoy so much more of the world around you when you don't have your hands on the wheel, and your own kids in the back seat. Now I want one of those google cameras on the roof of the family hauler. Thanks for sharing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        4 gopro cameras and your sorted, ish.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone know how to slow down the rate of the "Hyperlapse"? For example if I wanted to create one from Key West to Miami, the Hyperlapse is so fast that it looks like I'm flying the Millennium Falcon 5 feet off the ground. How do I slow it down so I can actually watch the trip in a more reasonable speed?
        • 1 Year Ago
        If you do figure it out, I want to see that. I did the trip multiple times.
        • 1 Year Ago
        thats easy pause and play as much as you want and it will be reeeeeeaaaally slow lol
        • 1 Year Ago
        according to the website, there is a "maximum of 60 frames per animation." The source code is available for free so they expect people to run the software on their own computers.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will be amazing for people who are horrible at directions... that way there will be no excuses!
        • 1 Year Ago
        People who are horrible at directions are just plain stupid. There's no fixing stupid.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 1 Year Ago
      650 mile trip in less than 5 seconds...yeah, lets hope this is the beta.
      Mike Fernandez
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is really quite cool, thanks for sharing AB
      Jake Root
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is truly amazing. Love it.
      Marie Ann Abejuela P
      This is simply amazing and will be very useful to us. Love it!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent video! Great way to market remote places...
      • 1 Year Ago
      The street speed in New York was normal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I now know what it would be like to be Barry Allen going out for a quick jog "around the block".
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'm on google street view at least once a day...if not just "driving" around then i'm checking out random city webcams... also, every now and then you come across a house that is blurred and i can't help but think, "What the hell you hiding from?" i've never been a technology advocate, the google glasses seem stupid to me, but i see no difference in driving by someones house in real life and driving by in google maps...unless there's someones car in your driveway that shouldn't be there :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool, I just need to figure out how to slow it down from warp speed.
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