Google has announced that “Street View” on Google Maps sis now available in 11 Canadian cities: Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish, Banff, Calgary, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax.
With this service you can almost view somebody front door, honestly Google describes the service as the ability to “virtually explore and navigate neighbourhoods through panoramic street-level images”. To start using it all you have to do is open Google Maps and zoom or drag the orange “Pegman” icon onto a blue-lined street.
Privacy is an issue… all faces and licence plates have been blurred out. If you find something that is an issue all you have to do is click the “Report a problem” link and Google will make not of it.
Jonathan Lister, Head of Google Canada, said, “We’re thrilled that Street View on Google Maps is now available for Canada in time for the 2010 Winter Games. Street View has been hugely popular with our users worldwide, and now Canadians and others can see the streets and landmarks of Vancouver, Whistler, and other cities, and innovate in exciting ways. Governments, businesses, and individuals across Canada use Google Maps and Google Earth every day as essential and informative tools: Street View now adds a new dimension.”
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