This year marks the 10th birthday of Google Street View. It first began as a “far-fetched idea” by Larry Page to create a 360-degree map of the world, now it has become something that people use everyday.
Over the past 10 years, the technology that Google uses, the appearance of the planet but Google says that one thing that hasn’t changed is the overall goal of Google Maps, which is “to help you navigate and discover new corners of the world.”
Now how this idea first began, the first prototype was created by Larry Page and a team of Googlers, back in 2004. They all had the same passion about Larry’s idea to create a 360-degree view of the world. So, they attached some cameras to a van, some lasers and bam, the first Street View car was create.
In 2006, is when the took the car on the road to a few cities in the US and their imagery was first published in May 2007. Now 10 years on, Google has published imagery of every continent, in 83 countries and have traveled about 10 million miles using the Street View Car.
Here’s a timeline of the past 10 or so years.
Google has developed things like Street View Trekker to be able to capture 360-degree images of where cars couldn’t go. They’ve worn their Trekker to natural wonders and world heritage sites like the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, the Galapagos Islands and even the pedestrian paths of Venice.
In 2013, Google has loaned out their Trekker cameras, so it can help speed up the rate of image capture by getting locals to volunteer and take images of local places they know best. Then in 2015, Google released the Street View app, so anyone with a smartphone could publish their own photo spheres (360-degree panoramas).
And just a few weeks ago, Google announced 20 new Street View-compatible 360 cameras, to help document users adventures with high quality images.
Here are some of Google’s favourite spots on Street View.
So Happy 10th Birthday to Street View and to many more innovations in to capturing the world and beyond.