Google Street View UK now covers 96% of the country

 

On Thursday, Google went live with its expanded Street View for the UK.  The street level service now covers approximately 96% of the 246,985 miles of thoroughfares.

This major update comes on the back of a ruling from the EU that Google can only keep unblurred images for a maximum of 6 months.  Google’s policy before this ruling was to keep images for 12 months.

The service offers unprecedented views from the street level that can make finding your location much easier.  Or, as one of our forum members pointed out, “now I get to see my angry mother-in-law waving her handbag at the Google car as it was driving down her private drive”.

While not everyone loves the service because it invades on their privacy, the overall consensus is that this is a great tool when used appropriately.  And now that the service has expanded its area of coverage, more UK citizens should be able to accurately find their destinations. 

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My car is there, and you can see my camera in the window when I took a picture of it as it came round last year. Good stuff.

YAY! I love Streetview! It's just a really cool way of looking at things and places you've never been!
I know a lot of people don't like Google but I REALLY like this! :D

they've updated tons in my area, even though i live in london, my road was skipped because it's a dead end but the new pictures are very recent.

LOL, just found me stuffing my face in KFC in Surbiton and the missus walking up one of the roads in our home town!!!

Pete

I just checked this and the images of our house look straight over the walls. That's going to be requested for removal sharply, we build walls so Google extend their cameras to look down over them? I don't think so.

I checked this the other day and was about to call bull on this artical (which is stupid because i'm sure they're right) but then i just checked now and WOW AWESOME... i can finally see all those places i haven't been in years yaaay

red. said,
<roadwarrior>Who cares? This isn't relevant to 99% of the world.</roadwarrior>

On that basis, why is there this site here? why are there stories on AT&T that aren't relevant to anyone outside the US, why are there news sites on carp fishing etc... Just because it isn't of interest to you doesn't mean it's not of interest to someone else, for example people like me who live in the UK, or like free sightseeing trips via street maps </rant>

Edited by marksuth, Mar 11 2010, 2:13pm :

I agree with you. I just posted that comment because i've noticed him commenting similar things on other articles.

I'm from the UK too :p

red. said,
I agree with you. I just posted that comment because i've noticed him commenting similar things on other articles.

I'm from the UK too :p


Haha yeah i was about to retaliate but then i looked up the username first and looked up yours and saw where you are from :P

red. said,
I agree with you. I just posted that comment because i've noticed him commenting similar things on other articles.

I made the comment when articles have talked about UK celebrities as if the entire world would know who they were. This site isn't strictly for the UK, and I'd even bet that the majority of the visitors here aren't from the UK. The site isn't even hosted in the UK, last I checked. I just have in the past questioned why so much of the news here relates only to the UK.

Before you made the comment directed at me, the only thing I was going to say about this article was "it's easy to cover the whole country when it is smaller than many states in the US". :-P

Edited by roadwarrior, Mar 12 2010, 12:28am :

roadwarrior said,
I just have in the past questioned why so much of the news here relates only to the UK.
You say that like there's nothing wrong with it.

roadwarrior said,

I made the comment when articles have talked about UK celebrities as if the entire world would know who they were. This site isn't strictly for the UK, and I'd even bet that the majority of the visitors here aren't from the UK. The site isn't even hosted in the UK, last I checked. I just have in the past questioned why so much of the news here relates only to the UK.

Before you made the comment directed at me, the only thing I was going to say about this article was "it's easy to cover the whole country when it is smaller than many states in the US". :-P


Honestly, f*** off already. Most of the news on Neowin is not UK-only, and most of Neowin's visitors are not from the UK, HOWEVER a large number of them are and in proportion to the percentage that are, I would say the percentage of articles relating to the UK would be less.

Regardless of whether or not the site is or isn't strictly for the UK, or even hosted in the UK, you might like to learn what the prefix "www" stands for. WORLD Wide Web, not American Wide Web.