Google Street View Goes Live Nationwide Tomorrow

Google will be officially rolling out Street View in the next 24 hours as it promises to put online images for "almost all of the UK's roads, both rural and urban".

Ed Parsons, Google's geospatial technologist for the EMEA, explained that "Street View takes mapping to a level not possible before. And with so many practical applications it's no wonder that over two-thirds of people who had tried the service said they would use Street View again."

In total, 210,000 miles of roads across the country will be available in glorious pseudo-3D in addition to the 28,000 miles that are currently available on Street View UK.

By the end of this week, a staggering 96 percent of the nearly 247,000 miles of roads, streets and motorways will be available online, that's much more than the journey to the moon.

Nigel Lewis, property expert at, told Vnunet that they have provided the service to the users since it was launched back in May 2007 with only 25 towns and cities and saw it become one of the most indispensible tools available to prospective house hunters.

Streetview has often been in the news in the UK for the wrong reasons as some had questioned the privacy issues associated with the service, something that Google has been keen to dispel.

The service however turned out to be one of the most popular services provided by Google.

Our Comments

Street View has been one of the more controversial services launched by Google, possibly more than Buzz especially as it concerned the individual user. However, most of the initial reservations and fears proved to be fruitless and as many points, very often the result of irrational fear of change or new technology.

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