Media News - Friday, October 12, 2012
Google has given Street View its biggest update yet, adding more than 250,000 miles of roads across 17 countries worldwide. The Google Maps feature, which gives a 360-degree photographic view of surroundings, has been extended in the UK, as well as in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the US, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a blog post on Thursday by Street View program manager Ulf Spitzer. In addition, Google is doubling the number of its special collections, which give a look inside well-known locations such as NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the pyramids of Teotihuacan. It will cover more landmarks in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico, among others. Google is constantly adding to its Maps features — it added views of the Great Barrier Reef last month, for example, and has also revealed plans to add full 3D capabilities to Google Earth. These features are designed to help keep users wedded to the service and providing data to Google. As part of its Maps effort, Google offers APIs to developers and business customers to integrate features into their products. On Thursday, the company said it has added time zone functionality into its Maps API, which returns information on the local time at a particular location. (ZDnet News)
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