Google Street View, a collection of 360° panoramic maps that cover hundreds of cities around the world, have transformed online maps from flat graphics to interactive experiences. Like other web technologies, web developers have taken advantage of the open platform to add and shape the maps into new and clever uses, some of which are featured below.
1. Provide an interactive guide to your neighborhood
Showstreet, an interactive guide to the shops of New Zealand, combines both street-level photography with annotations that when clicked, provide the name of the store and other information such as a brief description, address, and website.
Instead of giving your friends text directions to a particular location and letting them explore Google Street View for themselves, you can now use Simple Guide Tool to show them exactly where you want them to go. Using the tool is easy: just select a location on the map and invite your friend to a live chat room where you can guide them to their destination.
2. Combine the images into a cool video
The following videos were created by capturing screenshots of various locations in Street View and placing them in sequence to create the appearance of motion. The process is painstaking, but the results are very cool.
Editors, “In This Light and on This Evening”
3. Add your own design
It’s not quite clear what CNA, a network of language schools, is promoting — only that the interactive map they’ve created based on Street View technology is mesmerizing. The site overlays an image of a tourist holding a list of New York city landmarks on a Street View map. When any of the locations are clicked, the map changes to that location within Street View.
4. Spot local crimes
Case in point: 25 Google Street View prostitutes
Hat tip to Google Maps Mania for many of the links. Check out the site for more innovative map mashups.
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