Google Street View Gains Six New Cities
Street View is one of Google’s most popular programs, and it just got a lot more inclusive. Users can now take a virtual stroll through Chicago, Pittsburgh, Portland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tucson, which brings the total number of Street View cities up to 15.
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The hunt for embarrassing or interesting photos has already begun. So have the related complaints about a loss of privacy. This, at least, is stuff we’ve seen before and could have predicted. Yet the quality of certain pictures is new – Stephane Lafon, a software engineer with Google Maps, revealed, “[T]he images in Phoenix, Tucson and parts of Chicago are all in high resolution.”
Lafon then continued, “Ever wish you could pan up to the very top of a 50-story skyscraper using Street View? Well, prepare yourself for some serious sightseeing; we’ve introduced the ability to pan up in most new cities.” This may not have a lot of practical benefits, but a picture of the Sears Tower is quite stunning.
So keep an eye open for worthwhile scenes, and also stay on the lookout for Street Views of Canada and England – after seeing developments related to the former, and an actual Google camera car in the latter, it’s a good bet there are pictures, too.