Google Street View provides users with 360-degree panoramic views of streets in urban and rural areas from countries on all seven continents. Viewing options vary from metropolitan hubs such as Times Square in New York City to the remote Shetland Islands in Scotland.Continue Reading
Google has also added different types of views to the service, including underwater views for many locations, such as the Bahamas, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and the Maldives. Google also provides views from famous mountain locations including Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. The service even offers views of Antarctica that include images of the continent's penguins
Google Street View launched as an experimental project in 2007. It involved capturing images of streets, initially only in the United States, using cameras mounted primarily on cars but also on boats, tricycles, on foot and even camels. Google then stitched these images together to provide 360-degree panoramic views.
As of June 2012, Google had collected over 20 petabytes of data for the Street View service. This comprised photos taken on over 5 million miles of road, in 39 countries and 3,000 cities. Subsequently, Google continued to expand its coverage, adding more views to the previously sparsely covered continents of South America and Africa.Learn more about Maps & Cartography