Sure, it’s nice to see an aunt, uncle or cousin’s house that you’ve never been to, or even check out street angles of some famous places, but then there’s the complaints about privacy from people who don’t like that their house is on the Internet, the flashers that feel the need to expose themselves to Google’s goggles or the dude who got snapped falling of his bike (poker faces, everyone).
The Google team today blogs that the company has doubled the amount of Street View images as well as adding more cities. More lawsuits? Surprisingly, probably not. Google recently developed technology that blurs identifiable faces and license plates and has a"Report a concern" at the bottom of the image if people are unhappy with what they’re seeing. So doubling the images can’t really be bad.
“Today marks our biggest launch of Street View imagery to date: we’re doubling our coverage in the United States. Several states — Maine, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Dakota — will be getting the Street View treatment for the first time. We’ve also added imagery for Memphis, Charleston (SC), and Birmingham, and we’ve filled in lots of gaps across the country.”
U.S. imagery aside, Google says that during the summer, the company photographed France, Spain, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Italy so now you can see some more pretty cool landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum, a neat addition to street view.