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callum [PersonRank 2]

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
13 years ago4,518 views

Google this morning added 6 new cities to Street View and updated the Flash viewer so you can now pan up and down. The new cities are Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson.

Details at Google Lat Long blog here: google-latlong.blogspot.com/20 ...

This file lists the bounds of the current active cities:

maps.google.com/mapfiles/cb/bo ...

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Mapper [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Can't wait to see what "interesting" Google Street View finds will surface from this round of cities!

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

All of the new cities were photographed by Google. None of the new streetview images in those cities show a copyright of Immersive Media.

Nate [PersonRank 5]

13 years ago #

I Phoenix area looks really bad. the sun adds a funky blue color to some of the pictures. they are very bright. and some of the images cut off in some areas. kinda choppy... and lame.

mister scruff [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

its pretty extensive in chicago , going miles north to a lot of small towns.
see here:
maps.google.com/maps/mm?ie=UTF ...

it also goes into the countryside around Pittsburg.
nice!

mister scruff [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

wooded scenery , north of chicago
maps.google.com/maps/mm?ie=UTF ...

i like this update – you can now go for a drive in the countryside, not just the city itself.

mister scruff [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

check out philadelphia – there's quite a lot of the surrounding countryside covered...
link:
maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

And first shoots from Chicago are here already:

Show us your Google Street View Chicago finds
featuresblogs.chicagotribune.c ...

mister scruff [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

i think Google is missing a trick here – who wouldn't love to have a job driving around a city or countryside taking streetview photos.

if you have a travel wanderlust it would be an incredibly interesting job – and you wouldnt need to have a Phd to do it.

you wouldnt need to be a Google Employee either – just be on contract, with some stock options as a sweetener. Google could supply the photography kit, you supply the car.

it'd be a great way to explore some cities in Europe – and at the same time add to StreetView. i'd certainly sign up for it.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I won't. It's going be so boring.

Anyways, I listed a couple of future candidates to be on Street Views. (with links to photos, of course :P)
googlified.com/2007spotting-go ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I hope Google learns how to blur faces so they can bring this stuff to more privacy-sensitive countries too...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Good feature request Philipp. They could use their staff from the Neven Vision acquisition to work on that. :)

Gavin [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Awesome, I have been waiting for Chicago.

Also, that restaurant in the photo is really good! Greek Islands on Halsted, two thumbs up :)

callum [PersonRank 2]

13 years ago #

So there is a Web service to get the panorama ID that allows you to display the Street View. By specifying a different parameter, you can get images.

Perhaps Google (or someone else) should put together a system that let's you select which images have a 'face' in them – different people get a random selection and the photos that people mark most as having faces get screened by a Google employee.

Perhaps, Google gives you a tiny amount of cash for any one you marked that is chosen.

You could even let people select the position / size of the face and compare positions of those too.

The data that holds the position /size of the blur could be stored in XML along with the other data and only used if the country from which it is being viewed deemed it necessary.

If this was done by a third party, I wonder if you could sell it back to Google.

justinf [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

interesting bunch of links you got there Haochi!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> Also, that restaurant in the photo is really good! Greek
> Islands on Halsted, two thumbs up :)

Reminds me, why doesn't Google put links on top of their panorama photos pointing to the user reviews they already got stored in Google Maps?

blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-0 ...

Em [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Check this out:
googlestalker.wordpress.com
an entire blog devoted to chicago's street view.

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