Google announced that it is launching its biggest Street View update to date, with the addition of 250,000 miles of roads around the world. It’s also doubling its number of special collections.
The update includes increased coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. There are also new special collections for South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico, and others.
“You can explore our many new places directly in Google Maps, including parks, city centers, castles and tourist attractions like Catherine Palace and Ferapontov monastery in Russia, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan, or Stanley Park in Vancouver,” says Street View program manager Ulf Spitzer. “You can even walk through the urban jungle of Singapore’s Fort Canning Park, without ever leaving home.”
“On the walls of Elsinore Castle, nestled on the northeastern coast Helsingør in Denmark, Bernardo and Francisco uttered the opening words to William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy,” says Spitzer. “The castle known locally as Kronborg and immortalised by Hamlet, provided the setting for the Prince of Denmark to play out his personal battle with madness, grief and searing rage. Today we’re also launching images from inside Kronborg and its surroundings, so you can discover for yourself the inspiration behind Shakespeare’s masterpiece.”
Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Fort Canning Park
Google’s giant update comes at a time when iPhone users have lost the feature from Apple’s Maps app, though last week, Google launched Street View from the mobile browsers, which can be accessed on iOS devices.