Google Street View On Demand FAQ

 

What is Google Street View?

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides interactive panoramas from positions along many streets in the world. It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide. Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps when the yellow “peg man” in the bottom right corner of the screen is selected. No blue lines means no Street View imagery. See below example of four cemeteries lacking Street View imagery.

Blue lines indicate where Google Street View imagery exists.

Blue lines indicate where Google Street View imagery exists.

Google Street View displays panoramas of stitched images. Most photography is done by car but some is done by tricycle, boat, snowmobile, underwater apparatus as well as on foot.

What is the difference between native Google Street View collected imagery and Street View imagery collected from a third party certified provider?

In most cases you cannot tell the difference in native Google Street View and certified a third party contractor’s data. Google, of course, holds priority for the imagery that they collect and it will always show first on Google Maps when there’s a choice. In the absence of native Google Street View, certified third party data becomes the default. All imagery collected for clients is still available for viewing on Google Maps even if it isn’t the default imagery.

What are the benefits of custom Google Street View imagery?

  1. Control: Google has spent the last twelve years adding Street View imagery to nearly every public road in the world. Many major cities have been updated multiple times at various intervals. The disadvantage of this great program is the ability to request an update to Google’s imagery or to establish Street View imagery in an area that isn’t in the public right-of-way. That is, private locations like cemeteries, apartment complexes, golf communities, camp grounds, parks, etc. Our custom Street View gives the client the ability to have imagery collected in the exact areas they need at the time they specify. You can have your Street View imagery put on Google on your best day!

  2. New Construction: If you’re a home builder/real estate development company or a city government that doesn’t want to wait for the Google car to drive by (there’s no published schedule and many areas haven’t been updated in 10 years) we can add those new roads and other mapping features to Google Maps for you.

  3. Asset Inventories: If you’re a city, county or state government, we can collect whole cities and counties to allow for virtual surveying. the 360° imagery can be run through computer vision software to automatically identify and geo-reference various assets like sign inventories, utility poles, road markings, etc.

  4. Insurance: Collect imagery of specific moments in time and at various intervals.

  5. Marketing: Street View imagery can be used to inform the public about what an area or business has to offer. Some great examples of areas that do not currently have Street View imagery are apartment complexes, golf courses, campgrounds, cemeteries, malls, parks, newly build housing communities, race tracks, walking trails and bike paths, zoos, amusement parks, etc.

How do you access custom Street View imagery?

The imagery can be accessed anywhere and from any device with an internet connection, just like native Street View. It can be viewed on Google Maps and Google Earth on a desktop PC. It can also be viewed on a mobile device via the Google Maps app, Google Street View app and the Google Earth app.

Note: The Google Maps mobile app currently has some limitations for viewing Street View in some areas.

How much does it cost?

Each custom Street View collect is priced based on the total miles and complexity of the project. Contact us for a free estimate on your specific project.

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