We’ve discussed the idea of “indoor StreetView” a few times in the past, with concepts from companies like Peekspy and Urbanimmersive, and I recently had a nice conversation with Mok Oh from Everyscape. These companies are all working to make StreetView-like experiences indoors, but now it appears that Google may be bringing their own solution to the party.
As part of their new “Google Places“, you’ll be able to request a photo shoot of the inside of your business. While the photos are only promised to be going on the Place Page for that company, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine them being seamlessly integrated into StreetView and I imagine it’d be somewhat similar to the indoor Bing Maps (see the 4:00 mark of this video).
It’s inevitable that StreetView-like technology will be available inside of major retailers at some point. It’s unclear if that will come from Google directly or from a third party like Everyscape, but this certainly seems like it could be a step in that direction.