Google Street View enables visitors to make a virtual exploration of streets in many villages, towns, cities and rural areas around the world, gaining a 360-degree photographic view of the surroundings. Visitors can also view user-generated photos of the interiors of some buildings such as hotels and tourist attractions.
Street View is compiled from a series of photos taken by cameras mounted on Google vehicles that have been driven along streets throughout the world. As of 2015, Google has not yet covered every street, and the views of surrounding areas are limited to what can be filmed by the camera as it passes by. Support.Google.com/Maps offers advice on using Street View.
To find Google Street View, visitors to Google.com/Maps enter a location in the search box and click on Street View in the thumbnail image that appears; this opens an interactive image of the street and its immediate surroundings. Alternatively, visitors can click on the yellow Pegman located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and drag him to a specific location on the map to open its Street View. Visitors use the compass tool on the bottom right-hand side of the screen to rotate the scene through 360 degrees, click on the plus sign to zoom in on a particular area or building, and click on the street to travel further along. User-generated photos of local areas of interest appear beside the thumbnail image and in a film strip along the bottom of the screen.