Street View goes vertical

Google are constantly looking for new places to capture Street View, often going a long way away from the nearest street. The Street View cameras have been on boats all over the world such as the Amazon River and Greenland, under the oceans and on zip-lines into the Amazon forest canopy.

Now the street view cameras have been carried up sheer rock walls to give us views of one of the most famous rock climbs in the world – the El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Read more about it on Google’s LatLong blog. It is not technically the first vertical Street View, as the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai gave us Street View going up to the 154 floor, but I am sure they took the lift.

The Yosemite area has the new 3D and looks excellent in Google Earth, but we were unable to view the Street View from within Google Earth. We had similar problems with underwater street view and the forest canopy Street View.

If you watch the intro to the above YouTube video, there is a nice ‘fly in’ to the location reminiscent of a Google Earth tour, but done using Google Maps. However, as far as I know, it is not something Google has made available to the public.


Click here to find the above location in Street View.

They have managed to erase all traces of the Street View camera’s mounts even better than the way they erase the Street View car. This seems like a job for a drone, but maybe the Street View camera is too heavy.

Interestingly, Apple has named its latest Operating System OS X El Capitan after the same location.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. If Google has not put Street View Yosemite into Google Earth yet, why not just say so, instead of leaving people hanging or wasting their time trying to find it there. Just say ‘Coming soon’ or something normal like that.



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