Google lets users create their own DIY Street View

11/12/2013

Google has expanded its popular Street View with a new feature that lets users create their own 360 images of locations near them.

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The new ‘Street View Experiences’ on Google Maps lets users add multiple photo spheres—360-degree panoramic images taken with your Android Phone or DSLR camera—to Street View.

Google already lets users share photo spheres on Google Maps to provide a Street View-like experience. Now, users can connect multiple photo spheres into a complete Street View experience.

To get started, users have to upload some photo spheres to Views, Google's online community for 360-degree images.

From there, they can use an online tool to select the photo spheres you want to connect into what Google calls constellations.

Google will automatically add the selected photo spheres onto a map with their locations based on map data embedded in the images.

It's then up to the user to ensure each photo sphere is in the right place and lines up appropriately with the rest of the constellation.

Read the official blog post here

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