I have always wondered how Google had images of the fronts of businesses, called “Street View”, and yesterday I got the answer. Real people in a funky looking vehicle drive around town filming everything they pass which is then converted into a virtual 3D world. Think of them like cameras on wheels that Google uses for people like you and I to use when we want to see a business, famous tourist attraction or even the Amazon rainforest.
Not to be confused with Google Places, maps | Street View allows you to see the world without leaving your home or office. Best of all, it is completely FREE.
This is similar to the vehicle I saw while pumping gas in Baltimore. Hideous, I know.
Have you used Google Maps | Street View before? Have you ran into their “unique” Street team in your travels?
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To read more of the article that inspired this blog, please visit: http://maps.google.com/intl/en/help/maps/streetview/learn/cars-trikes-and-more.html