Google has turned to crowdsourcing to fill in the gaps of its popular Street View feature, allowing smartphone users to begin contributing their own images to the service. The job of gathering images for Street View had primarily been the task of Google’s Street View cars, which have become well-known around the world as they drive around capturing images via cameras mounted on their roofs. That same capability is now being made available to the public.
Google’s Street View technology first launched in the U.S. in 2007 as a feature for both Google Maps and Google Earth. In the 13 years since, Street View has expanded to include locations on all seven continents around the world. Google has utilized everything from cars to trolleys to snowmobiles to take 360-degree photos all over the globe.
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