Google bringing 3D Street View to Europe

May 15, 2008

Google is collecting 3D data for ‘Street View’, a feature of its Google Maps and Google Earth applications, which gives a ground level view of towns and cities.

As well as taking photographs, Google is using laser imaging technology to collect 3D data for the service, although the technology is still in the development stage.

Google has also confirmed that it is planning to expand ‘Street View’ to Europe - at the moment it only covers US cities.

However, the European Union’s Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, believes that the software could breach European privacy laws.

Google has commented that it will ensure the service complies with local laws before it is introduced, possible through the use of face-blurring and other tools.


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