Google Street View Delves Into France

    October 15, 2008

Given the economy’s current condition, most people are cutting out random trips to the local grocery store, never mind overseas vacations.  So as non-millionaires should agree, this makes it all the more interesting that Google has released additional Street View photos taken in France.

The original set of French pics was significant insofar as it was the first time Street View had left the States, but disappointing since it stuck to the Tour de France route.  This time around, Street View explored six significant French cities.

On the LatLong Blog, Luc Vincent explained, "We decided to add coverage for large cities in order to make the product as useful as possible for our French Maps users. . . .  Using Street View, you can now walk down the Champs Elysees, explore the old port of Marseille, journey along La Promenade des Anglais in Nice or take a tour around La Croix Rousse in Lyon."

Lille, Paris, and Toulouse are the three cities not specifically mentioned there.  And privacy advocates will be happy to here that, although this also escaped discussion, Google’s face- and license plate-blurring technology was utilized.

As for the future, it seems that Google’s not letting its problems in Germany act as showstoppers.  Vincent wrote, "We look forward to adding Street View coverage for more cities and countries in Europe . . ."