New 'Time Machine' feature for Google Street View

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 5 months ago)

Google Street View already lets you explore locations all over the world - even the ocean floor - but now it has an extra feature. Google has introduced a feature that will allow you to roll back in time and see how specific locations have changed. Having collected images from its past street view collections, all of them dating back to 2007, Street View can now be the "digital time capsule of the world," as its product manager Vinay Shet refers to it. Street View locations enabled with the feature will display a clock icon in the upper left corner of the shot. Clicking on the icon will bring up a slider to navigate between images from previous years.

"You can see a landmark's growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil," wrote Shet in a blogpost. "This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan."

Google will start rolling out the new feature to users of the desktop version of Maps next week.

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