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Google Maps "Street View" is AMAZING!

Pardon me if I am late to the table, but I accidently discovered an absolutely amazing feature in Google Maps today. I was looking for an address in Knoxville, and saw feature new to me, "Street View". This is available in many places, around cities. Click on that when looking at a map of a city, then it will go into a view mode where streets that are covered, ( most of the Knoxville area for one) and if you click on a street it goes to street level view, and you can pan around 360 degrees at any location. It is actual photographic view as if you are standing there! While on any covered street/road you can navigate the street by clicking the arrows on the street so that you move along the road, and at any point you can then view 360 degrees around.

I am amazed at the amount of photographic data they collected! Evidently they have some system that takes continuous 360 degree pictures while they are driving the roads. If you navigate a road in street view where there is a car ahead/behind, as you move along the road the other car does also.

Absolutely mind boggling!

Try it in you area to see if "Street View" is there!

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Re: Google Maps "Street View" is AMAZING!

Holy Cow!!

We're on camera...

I'm used to satellite views and close-ups, BUT 360 degree photography...WOW!

This is getting interesting and scary.

Thanks for sharing David.

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Yep my home is on it also. The picture was takin around Christmas as my decorations are still up.

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Who are you kidding, you never take em down.

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David,

I just used that feature this last weekend to look for the BMW MC dealer in Albuquerque, NM once I inputted the address. Worked great...as it gave me a
visual of what to look for when I got there. Really helped too...I drove right up to it like I'd been there a hundred times before!


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If you think that's cool, download Google Earth. Some of the tools it has are way cool. You can even put in 2 points and have it fly you from one point to another. There are also street level photos that people have posted so you can see greater detail.

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If you think that's cool, download Google Earth. Some of the tools it has are way cool. You can even put in 2 points and have it fly you from one point to another. There are also street level photos that people have posted so you can see greater detail.
Google Earth is great, have used it for a couple of years. However, this new "Street View" function is far more amazing than anything else I have seen. It is street level, pretty high resolution view, and you can pan around 360 degrees from whatever street position you choose. As I said earlier, once you set down on any blue lined street, you can look around, move up and down the street, look around again as if you were walking along the street.

I imagine that some day someone will say: " I thought you said you did not know her, then why is your truck in her driveway?"

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Lets not forget the route dragging capability either!

For those that do not know after you have a Google route run - shows up in purple. Just click your mouse and hold it down on the route and a white circle with black border pops up and you can drag the route any way you want to alter the suggested path then just release the cick - viola. Try it - and you can do this in an unlimited number of re-routes!!

I have written to Garmin that if their map did this it would finally be a killer application - have not hear any word!!

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Wow! That is serious technology man. My house is there, although it looks like I was at work the day the pictures were done.
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We were checking out our houses at work the other day, and one guy looked at his parent's house. There was his brother wearing his shirt. It was not that big of a bust, but kind of funny.

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I understand that they will be obscuring the faces on the street view so that you can't identify individuals in compromising locations.

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Lindy just made me check the strip clubs..... Glad I wasn't there...

Looked at my house and we're all home. Taken sometime between Jan and April. Probably on a weekend morning..

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OK, I'm an idiot. I didn't read your entire post. Doh! That feature is way cool! Thanks David!

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Google Earth is great, have used it for a couple of years. However, this new "Street View" function is far more amazing than anything else I have seen. It is street level, pretty high resolution view, and you can pan around 360 degrees from whatever street position you choose. As I said earlier, once you set down on any blue lined street, you can look around, move up and down the street, look around again as if you were walking along the street.

I imagine that some day someone will say: " I thought you said you did not know her, then why is your truck in her driveway?"

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... absolutely amazing feature in Google Maps ... Absolutely mind boggling!
I had the same reaction a couple of months ago. I was getting a series of wrong numbers on my cell phone for a gentleman with my first name and some connection to some condos going up in Coronado. I finally asked one of the callers who were they were trying to contact and where they got the number. I researched the name on Google and ran across a document that referenced the address of his project. Went to Google maps with the address and the area had the Street View. On street view I found the dumpster at the project with the sign on it. The phone number was one digit off from mine with the offending digit being a 6 on the sign in place of the 0 in my number. Honest misreading of the sign. Turns out the name similarity was just coincidence. I sat back in amazement at what I had just accomplished in front of my computer. Pretty cool! I can now give folks the correct number when they call, but I haven't been received one in a while.

The Street View in my area is interesting as it was done before the fires. It was just posted recently and it is fascinating to see a complete record of what the neighborhood looked like prior to the fires. Wonder how long before it will be refreshed? We were just remarking the other day how hard it was to recall exactly what things were like around here before the fires. Not only because of the houses, but all the trees and other natural landscaping that was devastated. At the end of the day, there is very little documented to remind us of what the neighborhood was like just a few short months ago. Wonder when this gets going if we will eventually be able to pull up different era's of what Google is documenting here. Will my kids be able to come back here and show what thier house looks like today, as well as when they grew up in it? Will be very interesting to see where it goes.

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This made national news sometime back. Seems the Google "Street Veiw" had gotten on a military installation and posted all the information from it's cameras. Google has since removed the military installation information and has agreed that they will not let that happen again.

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This made national news sometime back. Seems the Google "Street Veiw" had gotten on a military installation and posted all the information from it's cameras. Google has since removed the military installation information and has agreed that they will not let that happen again.
Last night I looked up my daughter's home in Woodbridge, VA, on the southern outskirts of DC. No Street View in the DC Area! Wonder if Google just has not gotten around to it yet, or if there is a reason behind it?

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Lets not forget the route dragging capability either!

For those that do not know after you have a Google route run - shows up in purple. Just click your mouse and hold it down on the route and a white circle with black border pops up and you can drag the route any way you want to alter the suggested path then just release the cick - viola. Try it - and you can do this in an unlimited number of re-routes!!

I have written to Garmin that if their map did this it would finally be a killer application - have not hear any word!!

Mapsource does that...


Click the route name on the left, it will turn yellow. Than use the pointer tool and click on the route that has also turned yellow. Drag the route any place you want, and it will re-route and recalculate.

Hope I understood you correctly, and this what you want to do.

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