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Google rolls out Street View cameras to the public

Google announced “street view ready” 360-degree cameras hitting the market in 2017 and says users will only need an app to work the device.

Google Street View Product Manager Charles Armstrong says the new “street view ready” certification standard integrated with 20 new 360-degree cameras will be released over the coming months.

“Whether you’re sharing your experience at a local market or on your recent vacation, publishing high-quality, interactive imagery no longer requires significant time and effort—all you have to do is get one of the cameras, download the Street View app and start creating. You can walk, run, bike, drive—even ride a horse—while we do the heavy lifting of connecting each frame of your video into a traditional, interactive Street View experience,” Armstrong noted in a Google blog post.


He says the cameras all meet one of four new “Street View ready” standards (Street View mobile ready, Street View auto ready, Street View VR ready, and Street View workflow ready), giving users the flexibility to choose the best way to upload imagery based on their interests.

The Street View mobile ready cameras offer 360 cameras that can publish Street View directly from a mobile app—without requiring a desktop workflow, while the Street View auto ready offers 360 cameras tailored for vehicle-based collection with the highest accuracy.

Armstrong highlights the fact that the tools are for anyone, from avid travellers to professional photographers.

John Beckett