Google created a new camera system to facilitate Street View (Google Maps) partners and made the historical imagery feature available to smartphone users. On the official blog, Google states that “in addition to our Street View car and our Trekker, we are testing a new camera that will be fully rolled out next year to help us collect high-quality images in more places. “. On top of that, the company says, “This new camera takes all the power, resolution, and processing capabilities that we’ve packed into an entire Street View car, and boils it down into an ultra-portable camera system that has to about the size of a domestic cat.”
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Google says the new Street View camera system weighs less than 15 pounds or about 7.5 kilograms. The lightweight device will help those who contribute to Google Street View to carry the device with more ease. The new Street View system is more customizable than the previous one. It has a modular design that allows users to attach components like a lidar scanner to collect images in greater detail.
The new Google Street View can be attached to any vehicle with a roof rack and users can operate it with their smartphone, eliminating the need for specialized equipment to control the camera system. This will make it easier for users to collect images and allow the company to explore more sustainable solutions for its current fleet, such as plug-in hybrids or fully electric vehicles. The new Google Street View camera will be released next year.
Street View History is now available on mobile
As of May 24, 2022, Google has added Street View history in Google Maps to smartphones running Android and iOS. The feature allows users to view historical images of a place via Street View, which means users can check how a particular place has changed over the years if historical Street View data for the place is available. Google also mentions that Street View features allow it to add business information, easy navigation and provide an immersive viewing experience to users.