Toronto Canada Now Open To The World In Google Street View!
Today the Greater Toronto Area got to see the results of this tremendous amount of work. Toronto is now visible to the world in Google Street View!
Our own Toronto area office was buzzing today as we all got to see each others homes, people who were on the street when pictures were taken and who’s cars were in the driveway. Privacy issues anyone?
Benefits of Google Street View
- Going somewhere and want to see the actual place you are visiting? Now you can see where you are going before you get there!
- Do you want to see a co workers or friends new house? If you are house shopping why not see how the house looks before you visit it?
- See different parts of the world that you have never explored!
- In one case it has even helped prove a crime.
How Google Street View Works
Initially introduced May 25, 2007 showing selected areas in the United States and has evolved to show full 360 degree panoramic views. By employing people in specially fitted Google cars, Google has been mapping selected cities for several years now. Generally, Google has introduced a new area anywhere from 2 to 100 days.
Seen to the left is an image of a fitted Google car stopped by a curious officer of the law!
Google Street View and Privacy
Although in some cases it is fairly obvious to see why blurring peoples faces out may not be enough. If you know Toronto and more specifically Etobicoke, you will understand why there are privacy issues still.
We Love Innovation!
No matter which way you look at it, you have to admit that the innovations we are seeing of late will do much greater good then they will bad. The information revolution continues and Google seems to be continually following their mandate. We applaud the launch of Google Street view in Toronto, Canada and welcome those around the world to see our beautiful city!
To learn more about Google Street View and its evolution you can read more here.