Google has pushed out new Street View imagery for more new countries. Last month they introduced Street Views in France – specifically for the routes of the Tour de France. Now they’ve added extensive imagery for Australia and some areas of Japan! As with the July update, the new Street View imagery is available in either Google Maps or Google Earth. With Google Earth, just turn on the Street View layer and zoom into either Australia or Japan. As you get closer, you’ll see more and more gold colored camera placemarks. Click on a placemark to see the Street View image for that location. Click on the image to be flown inside the image – Google Earth lets you experience the Street Views as if you are inside a spherical photo using the PhotoViewer feature. You can also check out the new Street Views with Google Maps for Australia and Japan.
via DigitalEarthBlog. From a hotel in London.
UPDATE: Here’s the official Google announcement on the new Street Views. The update also includes 30 new cities in the US including New Orleans, El Paso, Savannah, Colorado Springs, and more.
About Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.
Luke W says
I have to say the Australian coverage is nothing short of ASTONISHING! So many streets have been mapped. I heard the Australian coverage contains more photos than the US coverage! I can also clearly see my house which i’m happy with. Google also said they will be adding more Aussie photos in the coming moths. Great work Google!
Cord Frederic Romberg says
i want the rest of the EU and full france footage!
germany, UK, italy, france and spain!!!! 😉 c’mon google, don;t let us wait this long…
japan and australia before the EU???
Cord Frederic Romberg says
and i found more SV footage in montrey, in a country club next to the laguna seca raceway…
Also new cities in 3D (in the Netherlands for example)
The JAPAN coverage is phenomenal… they pretty much covered all of Tokyo! Does this mean we’re going to have street directions in Japan soon? Have you caught any wind about that?
I landed in Australia after still painfully slow loading and high altitude navigation in the latest version of GE (see earlier comments) but the coverage of SV is ASTONISHING.
You can only wonder at the Google business model behind including hundreds of miles of Outback highways. If at least some of the motive is altruism, and if the technology is portable enough, perhaps they could go off the road from time to time and capture some of the wonderful landscapes of Australia and other places for Photp Viewer so we don’t always see the world from a car.
Roger Cameron says
Oh Dear! Apropos the grumbles of Street View’s appearing in Australia and Japan before the EU. Could I suggest that the view from the West Coast differs from that prevalent on the East Coast?
Furthermore, not only is the facility of Street View “Down Under” and the visual material both extensive and astonishing (even my Son can be seen working on the Family 4WD – sorry, SUV – in our driveway) but I was also astonished by the kerfuffle in the Sydney newspapers. The possibility of lover’s cars being photographed in driveways that perhaps they should not be parked, was raised as a privacy issue amongst other related issues.