After the Google Street View teams canvased cities around the world, the Amazon rainforest, airports and train stations; it’s finally calling quits and letting you take a crack at it.
Well that’s probably not how it went down, but urban explorers now have a new tool in the Views community that will enable them to plan, shoot, and upload their own Street View journeys.
Google says the new tool will allow people to convey the feeling of walking through their favorite park or create virtual tours of their business. To get started all the person needs is to create photo spheres with their Android Phone or DSLR camera.
After sharing them on Views, users can use Google’s new tool to connect them on a map like a constellation of stars. Once amateur Street Viewers are done fussing with the way it looks, other people will be able to navigate to them on Google Maps.
Sans giant camera backpack
In the same blog post, the search company says it hopes this will be another avenue for everyone to share and see different types of Street View experiences
"It also opens up a new tool for photographers to showcase diversity in a specific location – by times of day, weather conditions or cultural events – in a way that Street View currently doesn’t cover," Evan Rapoport, Google’s Product Manager of Google Maps and Photo Sphere, wrote.
This isn’t the first time Google has tried to get everyone involved with it Street View ambitions. Previously the search company loaned out a backpack version of its Street View car camera called the Trekker to capture remote locations on foot.
Google’s latest tool seems to be an even easier way for anyone to jump in using just their Android smartphone camera or a DLSR they may have sitting around already. It’s definitely a ploy to get more snappers to share their pictures on Google Street View, but in the long run it could help make street view look a lot nicer and diverse.
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