Google Street View is a service that lets you see panoramic views at a 360 degree angle of places all over the world. Google has announced today that Street View is available in 50 countries around the world. Hungary was the 49th country and Lesotho was the 50th country, according to the Google Maps blog. Street View started in 2007 with just 5 cities and it has grown exponentially since then.
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Teehan+Lax is a creative design company that has an independent unit known as Labs. Some of the companies that Teehan+Lax has worked with include Medium, Globe and Mail, Readability, and Shipwire. One of the motion designers at the company came up with an idea to put together a Google Street View Hyperlapse.
Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys have created a music video with a Google Street View theme. The six-person band has a friend that supposedly had access to a Google Street View car so they used it for the “Could Be Me” music video. In the video, the Grizzly Boys and their friends are driving down a snowy road in Michigan on the back of three pick-up trucks. In the video, the camera focus fades in and out in a similar style that is used when browsing photos on a Google Street View map. One of the truck riders is holding up a sign that changes every time there is a zoom to follow along with the lyrics.
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Google Maps has now indexed photos from some of the most famous mountains on Earth. Employees of the company have gathered photos from Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia) on Google Maps. These mountains are part of a group of peaks known as the Seven Summits, which is the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Google is going inside NFL stadiums starting with the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana for Google Street View imagery. Google is calling this initiative a “VIP” 360-degree look at the stadium from multiple angles. The Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl in 2006.
Google Maps product manager Ryan Falor announced that the company has indexed 75 miles of trails and rounds around the Grand Canyon. Google Street View lets you hike down the Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail to look out at the beautiful Colorado River and explore scenes in 360 degrees.
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One of the biggest problems with Google Street View is that you have to search for the addresses first on Google Maps and then you have to select Street View from the menu or drag the human icon to the street of the Google Map. This can become a nuisance when you want to view Google’s 3D imagery. Instant Google Street View pulls up the 3D imagery as you type in the address immediately.