Google Street View Goes Live In Antarctica

Google has launched Street View in Antarctica and quickly stumbled across a major connundrum; there's no street on the remote continent per se.

Launched back in May 2007 in the US, the mapping service proved to be one of Google's most popular and controversial services of the last few years and is now an integral part of any traveller's planning process.

Governments of several countries like the Czech Republic or Germany have lambasted the service which they saw as being too invasive and likely to compromise the personal privacy of their citizens.

The service was also launched today in Brazil and Ireland and Brian McClendon, vice-president of engineering at Google Earth and Maps wrote on the company's blog that "We often consider Street View to be the last zoom layer on the map, and a way to show you what a place looks like as if you were there in person – whether you're checking out a coffee shop across town or planning a vacation across the globe."

Ironically, closer to home, the Isle of Man and other UK outer territories (BIOTs like Diego Garcia for example but we're being cynical here) are still not listed on Street View.