Google "Street View" Expands to Forest City
It's been available for months now in larger cities, but as of today London is now included on Google's popular "Street View" mapping service.
This free service on Google Earth, and Google Maps offers 360-degree street-level imagery of more than 250 cities around the world.
To view Street View imagery, a user simply zooms into the lowest level on Google Maps (maps.google.ca) or drags the orange "Pegman" icon on the left-hand side of the map onto a blue-lined street.
Street View in Google Maps contains still images only, and therefore these images will not be real-time. As with all other Street View images globally, Google says it will apply facial and licence-plate blurring to protect people's privacy, and people will be able to report images for removal by clicking on 'Report a problem' in any image.
Google says it has consulted with Canada's federal and provincial Privacy Commissioners in developing Street View and its privacy safeguards.
In addition to London, Ontario -- Google says it has also launched "Street View imagery" for eight additional cities in Canada, bringing the number of Canadian cities available in the service to more than 20.
The other new cities are: Victoria, Nanaimo, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Sherbrooke, and St. John's.
Street View imagery has also launched today for Singapore, more cities in France and Japan, and special sites including Stonehenge, Pompei, the Palace of Versailles, and SeaWorld San Diego and Orlando
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