Google Street View Now Live In UK

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By M@ Last edited 110 months ago
Google Street View Now Live In UK
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The much-anticipated UK implementation of Google's Streetview technology happened this morning. Follow the link, zoom in on London, and drag the yellow man icon onto the map to get a 360 degree wraparound of the chosen location. We're finding it very difficult to post about this, because we just want to spend the morning playing with it.

The resolution and annotation are far superior to the first-to-market Seety. It's possible to read street signs, shop names and graffiti. Google Street View is also wider, imaging many of the towns in the UK rather than Seety's focus on London Zone 1. However, Seety scores higher on the small back streets and mews, many of which are missing from Google's London implementation. Indeed, because of traffic restrictions, you can't even get Oxford Street in Street View. Still, our online London lives have changed forever.

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Of course, there'll be the usual grousing about privacy and security issues, a subject we've tackled before. The potential for mischief was brought home only a few days ago thanks to the conviction of a thief who used Google Earth to locate lead roof tiles, which he'd then pilfer. The promised face-blurring, to protect identities, is also a little dodgy, as this image outside Westminster Palace shows.

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But for now, enjoy the sightseeing, and see if you can spot friends, family or celebrities about town. If you find anything particularly unusual in London, let us know in the comments or by email.

Last Updated 19 March 2009

RachelH

Holy SHIT that's my house! All the way out in Zone 3! Wow, how little work am I getting done today?

halcyonday

Aha, oh man. I can actually be seen on Streetview, watching the car beadily from Tower Bridge.

I am in ur internets, beadily eying ur streetview cameras. Or something.

markle

Shame to see all of the Canary Wharf area missing too - presumably because all the roads there are private.

Shame there's no Streetview pic of the car trying to get in to the complex and being stopped by Canary Wharf's pretend police.

Maybe Google didn't want to let the Canary Wharf lot loose on their equipment with their magic (security theatre) swabs...

Talia
RachelH

A couple of my friends got snapped as well, it turns out. Heh.

Rana Ahmed

London Tour for free.....