Google has launched a UK version of its Street View map service, which allows users to explore UK cities online using 360-degree photos taken at street level.
Streets in 25 UK cities can be explored using the new service, including Belfast, Cardiff, London and Edinburgh.
Google Street View
By logging on to Google Street View, users can zoom in to a given location and move through three dimensional streets using simple on-screen navigational buttons and arrows.
Users can also turn the view through 360-degrees, and zoom in further on places or buildings of interest.
You don’t have to be at a computer to access the maps either – Street View is available on some smart phones including the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones.
Google addresses privacy concerns
In response to privacy concerns, Google has used face recognition technology to blur out faces and car licence plates that appear in the images.
Google also says the service only shows places and details which are visible from public roads and in public places.
The mapping service has been created by digitally stitching together millions of images taken from video captured along 22,369 miles of UK streets by Google’s customised camera cars.
For another way to find your way around, read our Which? review of sat navs.
How to access Google Street view
- Log on to maps.google.co.uk using your computer’s web browser
- Type in a postcode, address or area name in the search bar at the top of the screen
- Google will zoom in to the on-screen map at the place you have entered
- A bubble will appear above the place on the map you have chose – click on the words ‘Street View’ to get started
- If you fancy a challenge, Google says it has added the story book character Wally from the Where’s Wally series of books
British cities captured in Street View
England: Portsmouth, London, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Norwich, Coventry, Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Scunthorpe, York, Newcastle
Scotland: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen
Wales: Swansea, Cardiff
Northern Ireland: Belfast, Lisburn
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