The camera behind Google Maps 360-degree View

In case you missed it, Google recently launched a new feature on its mapping service that allows people to see a 360-degree view of many streets in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Las Vegas, Denver and Miami.

Immersive Media, one of the companies helping Google map out the world in 360-degrees, uses a pretty interesting device to achieve the goal. Don't take this the wrong way though, Google isn't relying on another company to do their dirty work. The web search giant also has its own vehicles, equipped with higher resolution cameras, taking snapshots of the streets in all their glory. Still, a disco ball with 11 individual lenses mounted on top of a Volkswagen Beetle is quite an interesting way to go about it, wouldn't you say?

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News source: Peter Shankman's Blog

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Why are people acting like this is some new tech, microsoft has done this crap for probably a year now, and its pointless.

reidtheweed01 said,
Why are people acting like this is some new tech, microsoft has done this crap for probably a year now, and its pointless.

i think it would be kind of nice to see the front of a store or restaurant im planning to go to. makes it a lot easier to find.

Express said,
I think Microsoft's Van for http://preview.local.live.com/
looks crap compared to this one.

Another pic

quote from that blog comments ... " I found it sort of ironic because I was complaining about my iPod and then.. voiila, a Microsoft SUV! "

it's a hint from above... USE MICROSOFT! :rofl:

And it looks like the two different coloured WLL SUVS (not vans!) they are Expeditions which are SUVS ... are dirven by two ppl ( notice Jabba and A___abia on the right side of the backdoors) ... but I digress from this topic *L*

man, i wish i knew when they were going to do the south beach pictures, i would have gone over there with beach chair and waved!