As Wired points out, with Street View, Google is doing what they do best: indexing.
Only, in this case, they are indexing the world’s physical spaces.
In short, it’s like an Internet web spider crawling around and indexing the physical world.
If you are not familiar with it, Street View is the leading technology behind Google Maps and Google Earth.
says Andrew Lookingbill, an engineer working on the technology.
The new Google Street View vehicles started capturing images last month and are expected to dominate the roads around the world in the coming months.
It is the reason why people can view panoramic views from positions along many streets around the world.
The last time the Google Street View cameras were updated was in 2009. However, as the demand for better and more accurate views of locations surface, there is nothing left to do but to update the technology and the cameras that made Street View a must-have innovation.In the past, the Google Street View car was equipped with a much larger ball of cameras, 15 cameras to be exact, and often fell victim to image stitching errors.The new Street View rig boasts just 7 20 megapixel lenses and sensors that are expected to provide clearer image feeds, closer shots of buildings, and street signs into Google’s image recognition algorithms.In addition to Google's own fleet of Street View cars, users of the Street View app can also use their own off-the-shelf 360 cameras to contribute street imagery to Street View, a feature that was introduced back in 2015.The newly equipped Street View cars just began hitting the road last month, so it may take a while to notice the differences.
Just like with the Internet, Google’s map indexing is unrivaled–and now it’s going to get better.