Coverage of Google Street View
Google Street View was first introduced in the United States on May 25, 2007, and until November 26, 2008, featured camera icon markers, each representing at least one major city or area (such as a park), and usually the other nearby cities, towns, suburbs, and parks. Many areas that had coverage were represented by icons.
- On May 25, 2007, Street View was announced.
- On May 30, 2007, at the Where 2.0 Conference, Immersive Media was identified as the contractor that captured the imagery for four of the five cities initially mapped by Street View, using its patented dodecahedral camera array on a moving car. Immersive Media continued to do image capture for Street View until Google developed its own capability to do so. Since July 2007, Google has used imagery that belongs exclusively to Google.
- On April 16, 2008, Street View was fully integrated into Google Earth 4.3.
- On May 12, 2008, Google announced that it was testing face-blurring technology on its photos of the busy streets of Manhattan. The technology uses a computer algorithm to search Google's image database for faces and blurs them, according to John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Google Maps.
- On June 10, 2008, two other features included in the update were an effective mask of the "Google Car" and the application of face-blurring technology on all photos, which effectively lowered the resolution across all photos, even the formerly impressive high resolution images of San Francisco. Also, many nearby metro areas were included, but they did not receive their own camera icons.
- On July 2, 2008, Google Street View was introduced in France and Italy, providing the first service outside the United States and the debut of Google's new 4th Generation Cameras. On this day, 19 camera icons were added, mostly showing small towns and areas along the Tour de France route and part of north western Italy
- On August 4, 2008, 28 icons of major metropolitan areas of both Australia and Japan were added to Google Street View. Included in the update were approximately 40 new U.S. hub cities.
- On November 26, 2008, the Street View button and all the camera icons were deleted. Instead of clicking the "Street View" button, this is now accessed using the "pegman" button in the left hand corner. When the "pegman" icon is dragged over the map blue polylines appear where Street View is available and a small window will show the current Street View. If this is dropped on the map the Street View opens and takes over the whole map window.
- On December 1, 2008, New Zealand was added to Google Street View. Faces were blurred upon recommendation by the New Zealand Privacy Commission, but vehicle registration plates were not obscured.
- On April 9, 2009, Street View became available with a full-screen option.
- On June 5, 2009, Smart Navigation was introduced which allows users to navigate around the panoramas by double-clicking with their cursor on any place or object they want to see.
- In mid-June 2010, Google added blue dots to its maps that display user-submitted images in all locations around the world, including land areas where Street View is not available and bodies of water. These images can be pulled up on the screen in the same manner as a Street View image with the pegman by dragging it onto the blue dot.
- On October 30, 2012, Google announced that users could contribute to Street View by creating a panorama-like image from the Galaxy Nexus smartphone to share on Google Maps.
- On February 14, 2013, Wii Street U was released for the Wii U.
- On June 27, 2013, Google announced that users could contribute to Street View by creating a panorama-like image from the Galaxy non-Nexus smartphone to share on Google Maps.
- On April 23, 2014, a new historical Street View option was introduced to new Google Maps. The date of panoramas can be selected from the timeline.
- Starting in August 2017, Google allows users to create their own street view-like blue paths, for the connected photospheres that are sufficiently close to one another.
Timeline of introductions
|#||Release date||Major locations added|
|1||Friday, May 25, 2007||San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Miami, New York City, in United States|
|2||Tuesday, August 7, 2007||Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Orlando, in United States|
|3||Tuesday, October 9, 2007||Portland, Phoenix, Tucson, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, in United States|
|4||Monday, December 10, 2007||Dallas, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Plainfield, Detroit, Providence, Boston, in United States|
|#||Release date||Major locations added|
|178||Wednesday, January 13, 2016||Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany|
|179||Thursday, January 21, 2016|| / Mont Blanc in France/Italy|
Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania
|180||Monday, January 25, 2016||Israel National Trail|
|181||Wednesday, February 3, 2016|| Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Phetchaburi and more locations in Thailand|
Florida, Dolores, Young, Juan Lacaze, Nueva Helvecia, Lascano*, José Pedro Varela, Tala, Guichón*, Ombúes de Lavalle, Aiguá, San Bautista, and expanded coverage of existing locations (notably, Montevideo), in Uruguay
More locations in Israel
|182||Thursday, February 25, 2016|| Saint-Denis*, Saint-Louis* and more locations in Réunion|
Metro Manila, Albay, Apayao, Aurora, Batangas, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Cavite, Cebu, Ilocos Norte, Iloilo, Isabela, Kalinga, Laguna, Mountain Province, Negros Occidental, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quezon, Quirino, Sarangani, and Sorsogon provinces; Bacolod, Cebu City, Davao City, Lapu-Lapu, Lucena, Mandaue, Naga, Santiago in the Philippines
Sucre, Potosí, Oruro and more locations in Bolivia
Kalasin, Prachuap Khiri Khan and more locations in Thailand
Zaporizhia, Synelnykove, Zhovti Vody in Ukraine
More locations in Ecuador
More locations in Japan, including boat views of Kōnan (Minato) and using a backpack mounted camera, surrounding areas of Manabeshima, Okayama Prefecture.
|183||Thursday, March 3, 2016||Nome, Unalakleet, Galena, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in United States|
|184||Tuesday, March 8, 2016|| Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, India|
Kruger National Park in South Africa
|185||Thursday, March 17, 2016||North Downs Way and other walking paths in the UK|
|186||Monday, March 21, 2016|| Colombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa, Beruwala, Negombo, Chilaw, Wennappuwa, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Kandy, Kalmunai, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Point Pedro, Puthukkudiyiruppu, Polonnaruwa, Katunayake, Matara, Tangalle, Hambantota, Kinniya, Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Akkaraipattu, Kattankudi, Hikkaduwa, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Kolonnawa, Anuradhapura, Ratnapura and more locations in Sri Lanka|
Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates
|187||Thursday, March 24, 2016||Bruce Wayne's Residence in Orion Township, Michigan, United States|
|188||Monday, March 28, 2016||Beaches in Krabi Province, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Tao and more locations in Thailand|
|189||Thursday, March 31, 2016|| Surat Thani, Ranong* and more locations in Thailand|
Cagayan de Oro and more locations in the Philippines
More locations in Sri Lanka
More landmarks in South Korea
|190||Wednesday, April 20, 2016|| Phang Nga, rest of Ranong Province and more locations in Thailand|
More locations in Cambodia
Zamboanga* and more locations in the Philippines
|191||Monday, April 25, 2016||Pripyat (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone) in Ukraine|
|192||Tuesday, April 26, 2016||Sydney Opera House|
|193||Thursday, May 5, 2016|| Bishkek, Jalal-Abad*, Osh*, Naryn*, Karakol* and more locations in Kyrgyzstan|
Pakse*, Savannakhet, Vang Vieng*, Luang Prabang* in Laos
Sisimiut, Aasiaat and more locations in Greenland
|194||Monday, May 9, 2016|| National parks in Argentina.|
Kangiqsualujjuaq and Nain in Canada.
|195||Wednesday, May 18, 2016|| Tagum, Laoag, Vigan, Baler, Puerto Galera, Malaybalay and more locations in the Philippines|
Krabi, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat and more locations in Thailand
|196||Wednesday, May 25, 2016||Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games venues|
|197||Wednesday, June 8, 2016|| Rajshahi, Barisal, Sylhet, Rangpur, and more locations in Bangladesh|
Mörön* and more locations in Mongolia
|198||Wednesday, July 13, 2016||Sable Island, in Canada|
|199||Monday, July 18, 2016|| Mindoro Island, La Union, Marinduque, and more locations in the Philippines|
Satun and more locations in Thailand
Galle and more locations in Sri Lanka
More locations and updates in various existing locations in France (including areas affected by 2016 Nice attack)
Updates and more locations in:
|200||Saturday, July 23, 2016||Choibalsan*, Khalkhgol* and more locations in Mongolia|
|201||Saturday, August 6, 2016|| Medan, Binjai, Tebing Tinggi, Pematang Siantar, Jambi City, Padang Sidempuan, Padang, Bukittinggi, Pagar Alam, Pekanbaru, Dumai*, Sungai Penuh, Sungai Liat, Pangkal Pinang, Muntok, Tanjung Pandan, Metro, Bengkulu, Batam, Manado, Gorontalo, Palu, Makassar, Kendari, Parepare, Singkawang, Pontianak, Samarinda, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Bontang, Bima, Maumere and more locations in Indonesia|
Infanta (Quezon), Masbate, and more locations in the Philippines
National Aquarium (Baltimore), USS Iowa (BB-61) and water views around Seattle
|202||Friday, August 12, 2016||Fujairah*, Dibba Al-Hisn and more locations in the United Arab Emirates|
|203||Wednesday, August 24, 2016|| Hat Yai*, Phatthalung and more locations in Thailand|
Updates and more locations in the United States
|204||Thursday, September 1, 2016||Carambola Beach, Buccaneer Golf Course, Isaac Point, St George Village Botanical Gardens, Rainbow Beach, Hams Bluff in the United States Virgin Islands|
|205||Saturday, September 3, 2016|| Frederiksted* in the United States Virgin Islands|
Songkhla and more locations in Thailand
More locations in Brazil
Updates and more locations in:
United Kingdom ( England and Northern Ireland)
|206||Tuesday, September 27, 2016||Landmarks in Bolivia including Uyuni train cemetery, El Alto International Airport and 43 others|
|207||Thursday, November 10, 2016|| Tirana, Durrës, Vlorë, Elbasan, Shkodër, Fier, Korçë, Berat, Lushnjë, Pogradec, Kavajë, Gjirokastër in Albania|
Podgorica, Nikšić, Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Cetinje, Bar, Herceg Novi, Berane, Budva, Ulcinj in Montenegro
Tarakan, Kupang, Nias, Waingapu, Atambua, Kalabahi and more locations in Indonesia
Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Roxas, Ormoc, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Panglao and more locations in the Philippines
|208||Wednesday, December 14, 2016|| San Juan, Ponce, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Caguas*, Guayama* and more locations in Puerto Rico|
Catanduanes, Tablas Island in the Philippines
More locations in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands
|#||Release date||Major locations added|
|209||Tuesday, February 7, 2017|| Landmarks in Ghana including Elmina Castle, Nzulezu Stilt Village and more others|
Landmarks in Senegal including Gorée, Lake Retba and more others
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park, in Uganda
More locations in Greenland
|210||Wednesday, February 8, 2017|| Accra*, Kumasi*, Cape Coast*, Takoradi*, Obuasi*, Tamale*, Wa* and more locations in Ghana|
Dakar*, Thiès*, Saint-Louis*, Touba*, Diourbel*, Kaolack* and more locations in Senegal
Boracay, Romblon, Sibuyan Island, Alabat Island and more locations in the Philippines
|211||Wednesday, February 15, 2017||Uliastai*, Tosontsengel*, Altai*, Khovd*, Ulaangom*, Ölgii*, Arvaikheer*, Bayankhongor* and more locations in Mongolia|
|212||Tuesday, February 28, 2017|| Various coffee plantations in Colombia|
Railway stations around Madrid Metropolitan Area
|213||Wednesday, March 15, 2017|| Southeast Volcano Trek in Ambrym, underwater views such as Tongoa Walls, Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge wreck in Vanuatu|
Underwater views near Noumea, New Caledonia
Underwater views in Fiji
Underwater views in Montserrat
Underwater views in Antigua and Barbuda
Underwater views in Papua New Guinea
|214||Saturday, March 18, 2017|| Tunis*, Bizerte*, Nabeul*, Hammamet*, Sousse*, Monastir*, Kairouan*, Mahdia*, El Djem*, Sfax*, Gabès* Djerba* and more locations in Tunisia|
Narra* and more locations in the Philippines
Pattani*, Narathiwat* and more locations in Thailand
More locations in the US, e.g. more water views in San Francisco, and Inner Harbor of Baltimore
|215||Monday, March 27, 2017||Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales|
|216||Sunday, April 9, 2017||Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France|
|217||Thursday, April 13, 2017||National parks of South Korea|
|218||Tuesday, April 25, 2017|| Guatemala City*, Mixco*, Quetzaltenango*, Huehuetenango*, Antigua Guatemala*, Escuintla*, Amatitlán*, Panajachel, Chichicastenango, Santa Cruz del Quiché*, Mazatenango, Retalhuleu*, Cuatepeque*, Cobán*, Flores*, Livingston*, Puerto Barrios* and more locations in Guatemala|
Ras al-Khaimah, Dhaid, Manama, Masafi and more locations in the United Arab Emirates
|219||Wednesday, May 17, 2017|| Miquelon-Langlade*, Saint Pierre* in Saint Pierre and Miquelon|
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (with imagery from April 2017)
|220||Wednesday, June 14, 2017|| Valletta, Birgu, Bormla, Mdina, Qormi, Rabat, Senglea, Siġġiewi, Żabbar, Żebbuġ and more locations in Malta|
Daegu, Gwangju, Incheon, Daejeon, Seogwipo, Pyeongchang, Jeju, Gwangyang, Gimpo, Jeonju, Asan, Paju, Yangju, Pocheon, Gapyeong, Suwon, Yongin, Osan, Hwaseong, Wonju, Hoengseong, Yeongwol, Goseong, Sokcho, Yangyang, Gangneung, Uljin, Yeongdeok, Cheongsong, Pohang, Gumi, Gunwi, Gyeongju, Miryang, Hadong, Changnyeong, Gimje, Gochang, Muan, Naju, Mokpo, Hampyeong, Yeosu, Udo, and more locations in South Korea
Yala* and more locations in Thailand
More locations in the Philippines
More locations in Indonesia
|221||Wednesday, July 12, 2017||Various slums in Argentina, including villas 31, 20 and 21-24 in Buenos Aires, villa Alberti, San Cayetano (La Matanza) and Los Pinos (Escobar).|
|222||Tuesday, July 18, 2017|| Landmarks in Germany including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sanssouci Palace and more others|
Landmarks in Austria including Burgtheater and more others
|223||Thursday, July 20, 2017||International Space Station|
Landmarks in Tunisia
Leticia* in Colombia
|224||Thursday, July 27, 2017||Lagos, Ikeja, Ojo, Lekki, Ikorodu*, Epe, Badagry and more locations in Lagos State, Nigeria|
|225||Thursday, October 12, 2017|| Quttinirpaaq National Park, Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay in Canada|
Siorapaluk, Qaanaaq in Greenland
|226||Saturday, October 28, 2017||Tórshavn, Klaksvík, Hoyvík, Argir, Vágur, Vestmanna, Tvøroyri, Miðvágur, Sørvágur, Toftir, Saltangará, Kollafjørður, Strendur, Sandavágur, Hvalba, Eiði, Sandur, and more locations in the Faroe Islands|
|227||Friday, November 3, 2017|| Bheemunipatnam*, Kailasagiri, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Ramakrishna Mission Beach, INS Kursura Submarine Museum, Vizianagaram Fort and more other landmarks in Andhra Pradesh, India|
Landmarks in Liguria, Italy
|228||Saturday, December 16, 2017|| Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jericho and more locations in the West Bank.|
Ariel, Beitar Illit, Ma'ale Adumim, Modi'in Illit and more others Israeli settlements
Cruz Bay and more locations in United States Virgin Islands
Updates and more locations in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,