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Google Maps Extends Street View to Every UK Road

Gordon Kelly

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The evolution of Google Maps' Street View in the UK has been a curiously slow since its roll out back in early 2009, but today we finally get the full fat edition.

As of now Google has greatly extended Street View so that it covers 95 per cent of homes across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This equates to a whopping 210,000 extra miles - all available with 360 degree views. Up until now Street View had only been available in selected major cities such as Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

So are we due for another wave of complaints and tabloid fodder about privacy invasion? Probably, after all back in 2009 such stories were commonplace with famed incidents such as capturing drunken behaviour and the ridiculous human chain residents of Broughton formed in Buckinghamshire to stop Google Street View cars from entering the village. Dear Broughton if you don't wish to have your village shown you can simply have it removed via Google Maps itself. *sigh*

All in all, a good thing methinks. Then again, I just found my mum captured by the new expanded Street View so I'm irrationally excited!

In related Google Maps news it has also been announced that bike routes will soon accompany car, walking and public transport routes. As with most things Google Maps, the roll out starts in the US with 150 cities covered to show cyclist-friendly directions, though - perhaps strangely - no date has been put on its inclusion on smartphone platforms (surely the most useful) or a wider European release.

PS - yes, I can't resist that goofy original Street View launch video!

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BballTom

March 11, 2010, 9:26 am

My street in Canterbury isn't on there :-(

GoldenGuy

March 11, 2010, 10:47 am

What? I've been using Street View in Glasgow for a while now. The major precincts were often out of bounds but still.

Mark Southee

March 11, 2010, 12:13 pm

Nothing to see so far (7:15 am)!

Sash

March 11, 2010, 12:55 pm

Agreed. Street view - a milestone in cartography and a revolution for our point-and-click generation.





I bet Marco Polo would have used it on his iphone had he been around... assuming that they do extend it to mobile devices... also assuming that Marco would have used an iphone...

chrism

March 11, 2010, 1:16 pm

"Up until now Street View had only been available in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester." - that's incorrect its been available in Sheffield and I think some other cities as well.

Geoff Richards

March 11, 2010, 2:07 pm

@chrism - you're correct. We've amended the wording slightly. If anyone is wondering what the coverage was like before, the Daily Mail took a screenshot yesterday: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci...

Guigsy

March 11, 2010, 2:21 pm

If Google has mapped the whole of the UK, I assume it means they can stop using TeleAtlas maps. The current TeleAtlas licence prevents Google from doing turn-by-turn navigation in the UK.





Android phones in the US can do SatNav because they aren't encumbered by the licences because Google has done its own mapping. Can we have it too please?

rav

March 11, 2010, 3:07 pm

@Guigsy


UK SatNav is working great on my 2.1 Hero! Check out XDA.

KevinB

March 11, 2010, 4:36 pm

@Sash - street view already works fine on the iphone. :) Although I only just realised myself! For those that maybe hadn't noticed either. Go to the maps app. Type in an address. Once its found it and the pin appears, tap the small orange person symbol and you'll be zoomed down to streetview exactly the same as on your desktop machine - very handy! (Works pretty quickly on 3G, although grinds to a snails pace on GPRS)

Guigsy

March 11, 2010, 5:18 pm

@ravmania


Legally... and on standard distributions so I don't have to lose my warranty straight away.

J4cK1505

March 11, 2010, 6:47 pm

This expansion must have taken along time! Outside my house there are 2 huge trees that were removed over a year ago

Mike337

March 12, 2010, 2:32 am

Ohh man! When can I get google maps on the Nokia N900?? This is so frustrating.

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