Massive update rolls out to Google Street View

Posted by Mark Raby

Google has just added 250,000 miles of roads in what it is calling its biggest update ever for its Street View platform.

The update spans Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada.

This massive update comes as Apple continues to have problems rolling out its competing map software for the iPhone and iPad. Street View is the one incredibly distinguishing factor that Google has and no other platform can ever possibly come close to mimicking.

In addition to the many new roads users can now virtually drive through on their computer, Google also added indoor views of various landmarks like Elsinore Castle in Denmark and Stanley Park in Vancouver.

"On the walls of Elsinore Castle, nestled on the northeastern coast Helsingør in Denmark, Bernardo and Francisco uttered the opening words to William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. The castle known locally as Kronborg and immortalised by Hamlet, provided the setting for the Prince of Denmark to play out his personal battle with madness, grief and searing rage. Today we’re also launching images from inside Kronborg and its surroundings, so you can discover for yourself the inspiration behind Shakespeare’s masterpiece," Google wrote in a blog post.

Once a novel way to get a better mental image of where that office building is for your job interview or what your Eharmony date's house looks like, Google Street View has now become a project to literally capture every corner of the world on camera.

Of course, it still doesn't have the street that I grew up on in suburban Ohio, but maybe some day...