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Google Dates Street View For UK

Gordon Kelly


Google Dates Street View For UK

When Apple updated the iPhone to firmware 2.2 in November one of the big additions was Google Maps Street View - at least for other countries... but at least we now have some roll-out timeframes.

Come spring 2009 Street View will be made available in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester with other locations appearing in typical incremental Google style.

As with enabled cities, we'll then be able to click on the 'Peg man' symbol located on both the Google Maps site and T-Mobile G1 and iPhone Google Maps apps to zoom down to street level and look around with full 360 degree movement at the surroundings. This will be particularly impressive on the G1 which uses a combination of its accelerometer and GPS chips to detect which way a user is facing and align Street View accordingly - a nifty help with directions.

Perhaps unsurprisingly in this paranoid era of ours objections to Street View are being raised with British pressure group Privacy International saying the technology compromises the rights of citizens snapped in Google Street View cameras. (I would imagine effectively) Countering this Google says any people caught by their cameras will have their faces blurred. Personally, I wouldn't care - in fact I think I'd find it rather funny and send it around friends and relatives until they were bored sick.

Indeed with the US, parts of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Italy, France and even Alaska already Street View enabled I say all this can't come soon enough...


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Peter Morris

December 31, 2008, 5:04 am

I spotted a Street View camera by the side of the A25 between Dorking and Guildford. The guy was taking a break and I don't know if he'd been filming or not or whether he was en route to somewhere more significant (more significant than Dorking???). So, when I'm fed up with doing the real commute to Uni every day, I can do the virtual one. Can't wait!


December 31, 2008, 10:37 pm

Google are EVIL i can only pray the share issue plummets and drops below the floor.

No doubt the stalkers and wierdos of the world will love this pointless, privacy invading application.

John Sheahan

January 2, 2009, 12:39 am

Poor Hank, he seems such a sad little hanker


January 2, 2009, 12:44 am

No one called Hank can be all bad... ;)


Oliver Levett

January 5, 2009, 2:38 am

StreetView is also available on the latest version of GoogleMaps for WM. It has the same coverage as the other versions, so I expect it'll see the UK at the same time as the rest of the mobile world.

About six months ago I saw a streetview camera in Bristol, so what's taking them so long!!!


January 27, 2009, 8:39 pm

Street Level View has been available in the property mapping facility on commercial property seach engine NovaLoca.com since November 2008 beating Google to releasing this latest mapping technology in the UK. Great technology which is changing the way we can experience our cities.

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