Google is testing a new connected photos tool within its Street View mobile application. This system thus allows any user to capture a place with their smartphone and add it to Street View which will process and publish the content then available from Google Maps.
Since the launch of Street View in 2007, Google teams have collected more than 170 billion images over the 10 million kilometers traveled all over the planet. For sure, the Mountain View firm intends to continue in this direction by always supplementing its virtual navigation service. And for that, Google is now counting on you, us, and any Android phone user in the world.
In a blog post, the Californian group presents a brand new feature launched in beta on its Street View app. Its principle is simple: an owner of an ARCore compatible Android smartphone can capture a “connected photoIn the words of the company, and save it in Street View. The service then takes care of processing it (pivoting, position) and places it in the right place on Google Maps.
Street View becomes participatory
According to a GIF published in the document, the famous “connected photo”Corresponds to a mini video recording. This function is also found within the Street View mobile application: it is therefore imperative to go through it to make a contribution to the building. Once published, your “connected photoIs then publicly available in Street View right where you entered it, from Google Maps.
This novelty allows Google to offer better Street View coverage and to publish images of places still unexplored by its teams. In short, his virtual card will be more complete. By offering users to integrate their own content, Street View also becomes participatory and more interactive.
Same privacy rules
The four-colored colossus will also be able to use the Street View image information to update Google Maps, the statement said. Adding details such as company names and addresses would be possible, for example. The rules of confidentiality remain otherwise the same, with a blurring applied to the faces and the license plates.
For its launch, the feature will not be available everywhere in the world. Only a handful of cities and a few handpicked countries are eligible: Toronto in Canada, New York and Austin in the United States, Nigeria, Indonesia and Costa Rica. Other cities and nations will be added to this list later.