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23 October 2008 | Maps, News | By: M@

London Street View: Right Here, Right Now, Go Play!

London Street View: Right Here, Right Now, Go Play!
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Pretty much the whole of central London is now available in panoramic street view, much sooner than we'd expected. In plain English, you can now see photos of any street, shop, pub, house, office or dodgy sauna in the centre of town, as though you were stood in the road outside. All kinds of mischief await.

While all eyes have been on Google's fleet of street-mapping cars, the little-known Italian company Seety have also had a roving digital eye for the capital. Now, they've beaten Google to the game, cheekily employing the Google Maps API to visualise their data.

The collection of some 200,000 panoramic photos covers around 1000 km of road. It's a fun plaything, and handy for checking out locations before visiting them in the real world. But the dataset has already been employed in a more professional way by NovaLoca.com, a property search company, with the help of Earthware mapping solutions. Their interface uses Microsoft's Virtual Earth instead of Google Maps and acts as a tool for viewing properties online.

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Enough talk from us - go play!

M@

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squirrellypoo

Great idea, but it's in no way comprehensive. Trying to view any of the streets around the top of Brick Lane just results in me being plopped elsewhere in the area without any warning. If I didn't know what it was supposed to look like I'd be awfully confused (surely a "sorry we haven't filmed this yet" would be more appropriate than a random replacement?).

JMH

squirrellypoo, I've had the same thing trying to view Craven Cottage. A message saying I'm looking outside their coverage area would be nice.

Earthware

Thanks for your comments and apologies that you have come across this. We do have the system you mention of a message coming up to say 'Sorry you have gone outside the coverage area' in place, however it seems you have come across a couple of places where there are errors in this.

Your comments have been passed on to our technical team who are looking into it and we will get it fixed as soon as we can. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Earthware

sweek

IT works perfectly fine for Camden, this is great. :)

cypriotguy

Very good, I really like the system. Thanks for doing it.