Google Street View has unveiled a new camera that can fit on any car. The company is currently piloting the new camera and it will fully roll out next year. Here is all you need to know.
Google Street View is celebrating its 15th anniversary and in order to make the occasion special, Google on May 24, 2022 unveiled the new Google Street View camera. The camera will give you more ways to explore historical imagery, and take a closer look at how Street View is powering the future of Google Maps. Informing about the same in a blog post, Google said, “Street View doesn’t just help you virtually explore, it’s also critical to our mapping efforts — letting you see the most up-to-date information about the world, while laying the foundation for a more immersive, intuitive map. While that’s all worth celebrating, we aren’t stopping there. Today, we’re unveiling Street View’s newest camera, giving you more ways to explore historical imagery, and taking a closer look at how Street View is powering the future of Google Maps.”
Meanwhile it can be known that Street View began in the year 2007 as a far-fetched idea to create a 360-degree map of the world. Here is all you need to know about the new camera. Also Read: Take iPhone calls on your iPad, MacBook: Here is how in easy steps
About Google Street View camera
In addition to Google Street View car and trekker, the company is piloting a new camera that will fully roll out next year to help it collect high-quality images in more places. “This new camera takes all the power, resolution and processing capabilities that we’ve built into an entire Street View car, and shrinks it down into an ultra-transportable camera system that’s roughly the size of a house cat. But unlike house cats, it’s ready to be taken to remote islands, up to the tops of mountains or on a stroll through your local town square,” the blog post read. Also Read: Realme Pad X tablet could launch in India soon, check out its specifications
Here’s a quick look at Street View’s new camera system:
1. It weighs less than 15 pounds. This means it can be shipped anywhere.
2. It’s customizable. “Previously, we needed to create an entirely new camera system whenever we wanted to collect different types of imagery. But now, we can add on to this modular camera with components like lidar — laser scanners — to collect imagery with even more helpful details, like lane markings or potholes. We can add these features when we need them, and remove them when we don’t,” Google said.
3. It can fit on any car. The new camera can be attached to any vehicle with a roof rack and operated right from a mobile device — no need for a specialized car or complex processing equipment. “You’ll start seeing our new camera in fun Google colors alongside our iconic Street View cars and trekkers next year,” Google said.