Google adds street-level views to maps

  • Mountain View (CA) - Google has added more ‘down to Earth’ views to its popular online Google Maps service.  Several cities in the United States now have driver-level photographs that can be zoomed, panned and even rotated, just as if you were driving around the city.  Google promises to add more cities in the future.

    So far the street views are for major cities like San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver.  By clicking the “Street View” icon in the upper-right corner, users will see streets highlight in blue.  After clicking on the streets, a pop-up window appears with a picture and directional tools.

    Unlike other mapping programs, buildings and monuments are real pictures, rather than rendered objects.  The pictures are generally of decent quality, but at certain angles, some of the pictures are a bit blurry or over/under exposed.