Google Street View (UK)

google-streetview-las-vegasIt’s been announced that Google Street View is coming to the UK!

The first cities in the UK to be included as part of Google Street View will be London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh – Google cars equipped will the special cameras for this task have been out and about in these areas in the past few months, so it’s expected that the images captured will be implemented in Google Street View for the UK by Spring 2009.

UPDATE: Google Street View is now live in the UK and features images of 25 cities – a full list of the cities featured are contained on that page too.

UPDATE 2: It’s only taken around a year, but now Google Street View covers most of the UK – try looking up your local area, chances are you’ll be able to look around it now!

In case you haven’t heard of Google Street View before, it is basically an addition to Google’s already impressive mapping services which form their online Google Maps website, Google Maps mobile software, their Google Earth desktop software application and Google Earth iPhone App. This added feature of Street View means that as well as seeing a location in map form and from a satellite view, you can now ‘go down to street level’ and navigate around using a 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic interface that allows you to travel virtually around an area.

This is great way of exploring an area online that you plan on visiting soon (or perhaps talking a friend through a journey and giving them directions) – that way you will be able to make sense of the area when you’re there and spot recognisable landmarks etc.

Or better still using, while using your mobile phone to look at Google Maps for Mobile, you can use Google Street View while you’re actually there making it so much easier to find your way around an unfamiliar city.

Obviously there’s going to be a lot of people who’s had their photograph taken without their permission and then being shown on the Internet, so to ensure concerns over privacy are respected, Google will be obscuring the faces of anyone who will be featured on Google Street View UK. However, that has proved to be not enough re-assurance for some people in the UK who have actually stopped the Google car from entering their village of Broughton.

For more information and the chance to take a look at some interesting (and some weird) images that Google Street View has captured so far in its ground-level images from around the world, take a look at these pages:

Source – T3

Comments

  1. says

    Ooo, yes. They passed us on Bedford street a few weeks back. I shall have to check it out and see if there’s a picture of me looking totally oblivious and confused while TheFluffyFist gawps and points at the camera. ;)

  2. says

    Cool. I spotted the G Cars around Leeds a few months back (3 x) and gave them a wave and cheesy grin each time. I will be looking out for my self to see if I show up those 3 times.

  3. says

    This is such a great idea for the directionally-challenged like me! It’s so much easier to navigate using landmarks and this way you’ll know to turn left at the KFC instead of squinting around at street signs.

  4. anne Hailes says

    I would like to know how I arrange to have views of my home in Belfast removed from the google street view. Thank you.

  5. Ted Hirst says

    When ‘Street View’ comes to my local – Aston, South Yorkshire. I, for one, do not want my house photographed and the image published on the web. How can I prevent this from happening in the first place?

  6. richard andrews says

    a serious breech of privacy, you should get permmision prior to use of peoples property.

  7. Baz says

    I came home to get something i forgot, and the FRENCH REGISTERED google street car was just about to go down my long PRIVATE DRIVE which i own and is a PRIVATE DRIVE.
    I asked the guy who he was, he was reluctent to talk, but he spoke soon enough when i told him to F..OF or else.
    Like i want my PRIVATE PROPERTY on their new rubbish site.
    He told me he had every right to come on to MY PRIVATE PROPERTY!!! I So i told him then you will treated just like a burglar….so try it.

    just how far does our privacy have to be invaded before the people in this country speak up and say ENOUGH is ENOUGH.

    These cars have been driving in the Essex area for weeks now, so dont let them fool you its only somewhere else not your area.

  8. nick says

    I really don’t see why people have a problem with there house been on street view ! lets be honest anyone can go where the google car has and look at your house! should you not be more worried by the sat view which can see right into your gardens !! street view is what it says “STREET VIEW” a view from a public street! maybe its time people got something better to worry about the ones that are moaning most likely have houses that are such a state there ashamed! lol

  9. Pew pew says

    Quit whining about breech of privacy and all that shit.

    Google are NOT breaking any laws by doing this, as ANYONE in the world can drive down your street, hell even walk down it, and take photo’s of your house, your street, even you shagging the wife on the hood of your car.

    It’s perfectly legal, and as they have a “personal removal system” just email them and wait for them to take you off.

    The only way they beak the law, is if you complain, and they don’t do anything about it.

  10. says

    Actually, if it’s a private driveway then no matter how big it is, Google should not be driving down it. That is trespassing.

    But yeah, as long as they’re taking photos from public spaces then I don’t see the problem.

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