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February 21 2014

January 30 2014

Google Street View Says Japan Is Top Virtual Tourism Spot in Asia

The intimate looks at locations around the globe made possible by Google Street View has changed the way many of us look at the world. But according to a new piece of information revealed by Google, it turns out that our virtual tourism habits aren’t necessarily aligned with some of our real-world pursuits.

According to Street View program manager Ulf Spitzer, the top virtual tourism destination in Asia using Google Street View is Japan, with Mount Fuji at the head of the list. In fact, Japan occupies the top six most visited Street View location slots, followed by Taiwan and Singapore Read more...

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January 23 2014

Google Street View Car Races Mercedes Supercar

Google Street View Car isn't exactly built for speed. It's better for slow, steady neighborhood rides while collecting 360-degree imagery of its surroundings (and, sometimes, Wi-Fi data). So, how would it fare against a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series with 631 horsepower and a top speed of 196 miles per hour?

Simply put, it wouldn't. The Mercedes leaves it in a cloud of smoke and burned tire fragments. The feature is, in part, thanks to Top Gear, which brought the Google Street View Car to its test track to take the imagery and place it on Google Maps. To spice things up, showrunners pitted the car against the extremely expensive Mercedes supercar for a virtual "race." Read more...

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December 19 2013

The 34 Most Beautiful Google Street View Sightings

Few Internet explorers are strangers to the pleasure of discovering a new landscape in Google Street View. However, unearthing true beauty in the massive database is an art.

A Tumblr called Oessa, started by UK student Mere Pachner in August 2012, documents some of the most striking visual images found in Google Street View, a novel form of nature photography.

"I wanted to start a nature blog and began experimenting with using Street View. It gave me the freedom to compose my own shots of the world, instead of posting other peoples," Pachner wrote to Mashable in an email. "I've always wanted to travel but at the moment I can't afford to, and so I guess in a way I'm using this medium instead." Read more...

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November 22 2013

Google Street View Offers Virtual Hikes Through National Parks

Google Street View now includes sweeping, 360-degree vistas of more than 44 national parks in the U.S. and Canada.

You can get a sense of the grandiose space and dazzling water of Moraine Lake in Banff, Canada, or the dizzying height of the tress in California's Sequoia National Park. Street View also offers virtual tours of national monuments like the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the National World War II Memorial, both in Washington, D.C

Where should you start your daydream vacation? Check out Google's favorites in the Views collection.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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October 24 2013

The 20 Scariest Google Street View Sightings

Warning: Some of the included images may appear graphic or disturbing in nature.

Google's Street View technology does more than capture mundane shots of city streets. As the platform has evolved, Google has offered striking images from exotic places like the Galápagos Islands, Mount Fuji and the Eiffel Tower. You can even take a look inside CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

But Street View has also revealed unintentional surprises, from murder and mayhem to people's most embarrassing moments, and it has the potential to capture terrifying images, too.

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October 23 2013

Google Street View to Map Out 400,000 Graves at Arlington Cemetery

Those wishing to pay their respects at Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery will soon be able to do so from the comfort of their homes

Google Maps is using Street View to archive images of the military cemetery, which will be stitched together to create a virtual walking tour of the graves

Google is also collecting panoramas of the cemetery's 624 acres, The Washington Post reports.

Arlington National Cemetery is the resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their familiesAmong those buried at the cemetery are President John F. Kennedy, President William Howard Taft and 12 Supreme Court Justices. Read more...

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September 26 2013

Google Street View Comes to Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Want to see CERN's Geneva lab, where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is installed, from the inside? You're in luck, cause Google has added Street View imagery from inside CERN's facilities to its Google Maps service

The imagery shows CERN's laboratories, control centers and underground tunnels. Highlights include the Large Hadron Collider, the 7000-ton ATLAS detector, and ALICE, a heavy-ion detector on the LHC ring

To capture the images, Google's Street View team worked with CERN for two weeks in 2011. Google has been on fire lately when it comes to Street View. A few weeks ago, the service launched a 360-degree tour of Galápagos Islands; two days before that, the Moto X manufacturing facility was added to Street View, and in August, Google added some of the world's best zoos to Street View Read more...

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September 18 2013

Google Treks Expands the Definition of Travel Photography

With Google Treks, travel photography may never be the same.

Using the familiar Google Street View, this project stitches together web tours of worldwide destinations like the Grand Canyon and Galapagos Islands. The expeditions pair with information and videos about each location, creating an experience akin to an actual guide book — or a vacation in itself

Each entry features high-definition frames; by clicking around the highlighted route, users can explore areas along the same path the film team followed with its large cameras and backpacks. The panoramas pair with information to help complete the Google Treks experience. Read more...

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September 12 2013

Google Street View Unleashes 360-Degree Tour of Galápagos Islands

You can now tour the Galápagos, one of the most biodiverse places on earth, direct from your computer — with a little help from Google.

Google has launched footage it collected in May of the Pacific Ocean archipelago as part of its Street View special collections, marking this week’s 178th anniversary of Darwin’s historic first encounter with the Galápagos Islands.

The collection includes a panorama of the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding center, a tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station and underwater footage of sea lions. Viewers will see much of the Galápagos's wildlife, including marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds, Google's official blog reports. Read more...

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September 11 2013

Google Puts Moto X Manufacturing Facility on Street View

Motorola's Moto X smartphone has one important distinction from its competitors — it's made in the U.S

Now, to celebrate the launch of Motorola's manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Google has included imagery from the factory on Street View for your viewing pleasure

In a blog post, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said the factory has created more than 2,000 jobs in Fort Worth in less than four months, and the Google-owned company is still hiring

You can check out Moto X's manufacturing facility on Street View here

Image: Google

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August 22 2013

Google Street View Conquers the Oceans

Now, you can explore the depths of the ocean without ever leaving your apartment

Google's new project, Street View Oceans, collects imagery and data to create visuals on the world's coral reefs. Divers with sea scooters loaded with cameras drive around the reefs, snapping photos, which are later stitched together into panoramas

Google hopes the project will boost public awareness about the deteriorating health of coral reefs as a result of pollution, climate change and overfishing. The project, in collaboration with the Catlin Seaview Survey, uses technology similar to facial recognition software to catalog and categorize the creatures and coral formations captured in the images. Read more...

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May 30 2013

Google Street View Catches Breakup Aftermath

Google Street View is filled with odd sightings, weird situations and the occasional half-man, half-horse. The latest strange thing spotted on the service appears to be a woman collecting her belongings off a street curb.

According to Redditor lpmark04, who shared the image Thursday, the woman in the Street View sighting is the ex-girlfriend of a friend, who kicked the woman out of his house after the couple split. He claimed that the breakup happened a couple years ago and offered some backstory in the Reddit thread comments.

A little backstory: this picture was taken a couple years ago since they have been broken up for a while now. My buddy no longer lives in the same town as me but I became aware of this recently by his brother who is currently my coworker. I find this even more hilarious because I actually knew this girl, as me and my then-gf, her and my buddy used to double date occasionally. Read more...

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March 29 2013

Band Hijacks Google Street View Car for Music Video

Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys may be the first folks to create art out of a Google Street View taping.

Unless they're lying to you. In which case they'd be just another band in the back of a pickup truck.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., sextet, an outlaw country outfit that likes "Fishing, Hunting" and "Ridin' in the Hillbilly Hummer and the Hummer Deluxe," just dropped a new music video for their Nashville name-dropping anthem "Could Be Me." In it, the band reportedly puts a friends' access to a Google Street View car to good use.

The video tracks the Grizzly Boys and a big group of their friends as they cruise down a snowy road in Michigan on the backs of three pickup trucks. Rather than appearing in standard video form, the camera's focus fades in and out, as if someone's pushing the forward arrow on a Google Street View map. Read more...

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February 26 2012

20 Strange and Hilarious Google Street View Sightings

1. A Fleet at the Ready

Take a minute and think about the gargantuan task of photographing every inch of road in the world. Is your mind blown? Now you may understand why Google needs so many cars.

Click here to view this gallery.

Google is ubiquitous in our digital lives. Its algorithms deliver search results, email and YouTube videos to us in the blink of an eye. But there’s one task Google executes that is remarkably analog. To collect imagery for Street View in its Maps feature, humans (remember those?) drive automobiles, affixed with a multi-lensed camera on the roof, all over the world.

So what are the odds you’re doing something zany right when the Google car happens to pass you by? Would you even know it if you saw it? Sometimes the car is clearly labeled, other times it’s not. Regardless, now you won’t be alarmed when you see a car with a large contraption on its roof, roaming your block. Feel free to photobomb the Internets by doing something silly while the Googlemobile is driving past.

SEE ALSO: Top 28 Google Street View Sightings

Plenty of folks have done it, and the website Streetviewfun.com has become a repository of great images found and submitted by users. We’ve highlighted our favorites above.

Have you ever run across something odd or hysterical while browsing Street View? Share the coordinates in the comments below.

BONUS: Google Map Hilarity

If you’re one of many who still find Google Street View a little creepy, this hilarious video is for you.

Image courtesy of Flickr, lizzardo.

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April 10 2011

March 30 2011

Google Street View Adds Imagery of the Coliseum & Other Historic Landmarks

Google has added imagery of a number of historic sites in Italy and France to Street View. The integration with Google Maps includes 360-degree displays and a street-level view of locations all around the world.

The new imagery includes the interior of the Imperial Forum and the Coliseum in Rome, Santa Maria del Fiore and Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and Château d’Fontainebleau in France. Check out the full list of freshly included sites in Google’s blog post.

Although Google’s Street View service attracted a great deal of controversy when Google’s vehicles collected unencrypted data from private Wi-Fi networks — a practice Google ended awhile ago — one cannot deny the appeal of having historic landmarks such as these at the tips of your fingers.

This is not the first time Street View gave users access to historic landmarks. In December 2009, Google added the ancient Pompeii ruins to Street View, and in February 2011, Google launched the Google Art Project, which lets users explore the interiors of 17 museums around the world.

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March 21 2011

France Fines Google $142,000 for Privacy Violations

France’s data privacy regulator has fined Google €100,000 ($141,670 USD) for gathering data from private Wi-Fi networks while collecting imagery for Google Street View.

Google Street View has been controversial from the start; Many people and privacy groups didn’t like Google collecting imagery of buildings, license plates and faces for the panoramic-view service, complementary to Google Maps.

Google answered those complaints by blurring sensitive parts of the images, but the service raised far more privacy concerns in May 2010, when Google admitted that its Street View cars (mistakenly, according to Google) collected and stored data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. The incident instigated privacy probes against Google in countries all over the world, including in Australia, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the U.S.

In August 2010, French police stopped a Google Street View car under orders of National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) to inspect whether Google was still collecting Wi-Fi data.

Now, CNIL said that Google has pledged to erase the data it had collected, but it found “that Google has not refrained from using the data identifying Wi-Fi access points of individuals without their knowledge,” which prompted the fine.

“It is a record fine since we obtained the power in 2004 to impose financial sanctions in 2004,” the head of the CNIL Yann Padova told Le Parisien.

In July 2010, Google said that its “cars will no longer collect any Wi-Fi information at all,” but the fallout from the incident is still a reminder of how unpleasant the consequences of not respecting users’ privacy can be — especially for a giant company like Google.

[via AFP]

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November 19 2010

Google Street View Comes to 20 German Cities

After being launched as a preview two weeks ago in the small town of Obesthaufen, Google Street View imagery is now available in Germany’s 20 largest cities, including Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

Google has been struggling to prove that Street View is not a privacy threat, especially after it was discovered that Google’s Street View cars collected (inadvertently, Google claims) Wi-Fi data from unencrypted networks.

The launch of the service in Germany has been particularly important for Google, since the country is very sensitive to privacy-related issues. To prevent possible complaints, Google had asked Germans whether they want to opt out of the service ahead of the launch, and the properties of more than 240,000 households that have chosen to do so have been blurred out of the imagery.

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October 20 2010

Google Street View Broke Canadian Privacy Law

An investigation by Canada’s privacy commissioner confirmed that Google violated Canadian privacy law when its Street View cars collected data from the country’s Wi-Fi networks.

“Our investigation shows that Google did capture personal information – and, in some cases, highly sensitive personal information such as complete e-mails. This incident was a serious violation of Canadians’ privacy rights,” says Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.

The commissioner recommended that Google delete all Canadian payload data it collected. Furthermore, per her recommendations, Google should enhance privacy training amongst its employees and ensure it has a governance model in place to comply with privacy laws. If Google implements these recommendations by February 1, 2011, the Privacy Commissioner will not recommend suing Google and will consider the matter resolved.

In May, Google admitted that its Street View cars have collected and stored data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, claiming it has done so mistakenly. The incident instigated several privacy probes against Google in countries all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the U.S.

In July, Google said that its “cars will no longer collect any Wi-Fi information at all,” and this report confirms that. According to the report, “Google still intends to offer location-based services, but does not intend to resume collection of Wi-Fi data through its Street View cars. Collection is discontinued and Google has no plans to resume it.”

More About: Canada, data, Google, privacy, street view, wi-fi

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