The recent updates on Google Maps is that it lets you create Street View photos using just a phone. Android users with ARCore-compatible devices can now capture images and publish it to Google Street View in certain areas. The new updates is only allowed submissions initially in Toronto, New York, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. Sooner or later, more regions will support this feature soon, and Google will use this user-generated content when it doesn’t have its own Street View imagery available.
Product manager of Google Maps Street View Stafford Marquardt says “While our own Street View trekkers and cars have collected more than 170 billion images from 10 million miles around the planet, there are still many unmapped parts of the world,” also While our own Street View trekkers and cars have collected more than 170 billion images from 10 million miles around the planet, there are still many unmapped parts of the world,“
The new beta feature has been in testing for more than 6 months now, and Google will automatically rotate and position the series of connected photos that are captured in its Street View app for Android. While users have been able to submit Street View imagery in the past, it required a special 360-degree camera. This new feature just makes use of a standard phone camera.
It opens up the Street View feature to many more areas, including hard to reach places that even Google’s Street View trekkers and cars haven’t visited. Google will also use this imagery to update Google Maps with information like new businesses or publicly posted open hours, and the company will apply its standard Street View privacy features to blur out faces and license plates.