Google has announced that its Street View service has been updated with some 250,000 miles worth of road being refreshed across the globe.
And yes, some of that is in the UK, so if you’ve seen the infamous camera cars around – which definitely no longer attempt to collect Wi-Fi data – then that’s what they were up to.
Google hasn’t made it clear which areas of the UK have been freshly photographed, though.
As well as the UK, other countries which have received coverage include Macau, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Canada and of course the US.
Google has also doubled the number of its “special collections,” launching collections in countries including South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico.
As Ulf Spitzer, Street View Program Manager notes, as well as being used for navigation, Street View can “also magically transport you to some of the world’s picturesque and culturally significant landmarks.”
He adds: “On the walls of Elsinore Castle, nestled on the northeastern coast Helsingør in Denmark, Bernardo and Francisco uttered the opening words to William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. The castle known locally as Kronborg and immortalised by Hamlet, provided the setting for the Prince of Denmark to play out his personal battle with madness, grief and searing rage.”
“Today we’re also launching images from inside Kronborg and its surroundings, so you can discover for yourself the inspiration behind Shakespeare’s masterpiece.”