Google releases their largest Street View update yet

Google has been updating and expanding their Street View imagery quite a bit over the past year, but today’s update is their single largest in history with more than 250,000 miles of new and updated imagery! In addition, they’ve doubled the number of special collections that they have available, making Street View even more valuable than it already was.
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They’ve increased coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada and launched special collections in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and others.
Some noteable areas to check out with the new imagery include Catherine Palace in Russia, Stanley Park in Vancouver (seen above) and Fort Canning Park in Singapore.
Head over to maps.google.com/streetview to learn more, or watch the short video below for some tips on using Street View inside of Google Earth:


(via Google Lat Long Blog)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Is there any way to tell what’s been updated? Like the kmz files that show recently added GE imagery?
    I mean, I guess I can scrub through the entire United States and look for recent image dates, but my boss might start to complain….

  2. Very little info on the official announcement. Very disappointing.

  3. 100% agree with stryx
    Gonna be so frustrating if I need to sort through the old and new imagery by hand.

  4. For Denmark I have found following updates:
    Kronborg Castle (Elsinore)
    Hammershus Casle (Bornholm)
    Rosenborg Castle and Park (Copenhagen)
    Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)
    NRGi Stadium (Aarhus)
    Harness racing venue (Aarhus)
    Memorial Park for fallen Danish soldiers in WW 1 (Aarhus)
    Botanical Garden (Aarhus)
    Fyrkat Viking Fortess (Hobro)
    Roskilde Cathedral
    Roskilde Viking Ship Center
    Odense Zoo

  5. Frederiksborg Castle and Park (Hillerød)
    Various cities around Denmark

  6. “More than 250,000 miles of new and updated imagery” sounds a lot, but it is only equivalent to the government estimate* of the total mileage of roads in the UK, so it’s fairly thinly spread around the countries mentioned.
    Google did add dates of imagery at the foot of SV in Maps, so with luck you might spot 2011 or 2012 dates, but the imagery is probably in fairly fragmented sections and it would be a major job to identify new sections. say, by a distinct colour once zoomed in, or even to create a generalised KML , that is if Google were willing.
    Hopefully, new imagery will be of better quality than old which could be a big improvement in the US.
    * http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/releases/road-lengths-2010/

  7. UK:
    Shepperton Studio
    Pinewood Studio
    Duxford Airfield aircraft displays
    USA:
    Six Flags Magic Mountain
    Six Flags St Louis
    King’s Island Cincinnati (I think it’s new)
    USS Midway Museum, San Diego
    Japan:
    Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto
    https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=34.968028,135.776907&spn=0.003846,0.004785&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=34.968027,135.775888&panoid=DG1gtzqTKoJzAeFkZRQusQ&cbp=12,94.93,,0,5.73
    Also in Japan there are many parks and museum grounds with new images that I can’t properly translate their names for you.

  8. I can see my home in Taiwan! Yay!! (I couldn’t see it before this update)

  9. UK:
    Kennet and Avon Canal – Caen Hill Lock Flight;
    Llangollen Canal – from Chirk to Llangollen (not on Pontcysyllte Aqueduct);

  10. ahh, that’s a good catch Martin. I’d hoped the imagery was taken from a boat, but this isn’t bad either. Given some of the Japanese imagery and the Amazon of course, I still hope that they will fix up a canal boat with a camera some day.

  11. The new imagery must really be scattered in the U.S.; I have yet to find any. Was really hoping for some new northeastern coastal imagery …
    When I saw that Italy had been updated, I was hoping Venice was included – but, no such luck. Not surprising, though. Google was photographing Venice for quite a while and only recently stopped – so probably not enough time to process and upload the images.

  12. More finds in Denmark:
    Den Fynske Landsby (The Village of Funen, open air museum).
    Jelling Church with the runestones and mounds, A UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Aarhus University Park.

  13. Very recent new imagery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. May 2012.

  14. ………and parts of Redland area in Bristol, UK.

  15. Silverstone Race Track, England. Dreiving with some nice race cars, among them an Aston Martin.

  16. Henry Ford Museum (Greenfield Village), Detroit

  17. @ Munden: If that would be so, I am willing to start steering that boat right away.

  18. This is a very interested page, where you can see where is Street View around the world:
    http://maps.google.com/intl/en/help/maps/streetview/learn/where-is-street-view.html
    You can also see where ars are currently driving!

  19. Much of the new SV coverage mentioned in previous posts seems to be on private property, where presumably Google have to negotiate access and owners welcome publicity for attractions. Wonder if this is connected with Google’s continuing problems with SV and data protection in the European Union
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/oct/08/google-privacy-policy-data-protection?INTCMP=SRCH
    Incidentally, coverage of canals in Britain first appeared in July.

  20. Nothing new! USA, UK, Italy, Norway, Mexico, Canada, etc. have long been covered the entire range of Street View! And yet you give a village in Street View! Finally take the countries in which it is torn Street View coverage, or not there at all: Poland, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Belarus it. Even normal satellite images there. A desolate wilderness some snapshots.

  21. No one is disputing that this new set of images is anything less than awesome- indeed that’s exactly the point! I can check out new images in areas where none were before (the Poland and Romania images are beautiful, and check out the images from Chile and Brazil) but much of the US has been covered from 2008 so finding the updates is a matter of scrubbing through the entire set. I’m unconvinced that it would be too hard to indicate areas that have been updated. Even highlighting Counties that contain updates would be nice.
    I’ll admit that I’m being greedy, but when you compare the quality of the “modern” hi-res fully saturated images with the “archaic” low-res dark blurry desaturated images there’s no question that greed and envy will arise ;)

  22. There are a lot new images of parks in Toronto, Canada.

  23. Several Parks in Gothenburg in Sweden.

  24. BostonCov says:

    I saw the StreetView car driving around Coventry City Centre on the 18th so I’m looking forward to that new imagery

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