Sunday, October 18, 2009

Virtual Tours in Canada with Google Maps

Google Map@Yaomin Peng

On October 7, 2009, Google started its Street View service in Canada, which has been available in the United States since 2007. Some people said that terrorists would feel easier to plan attacks in Canada with the panoramic street views from the Google search.

Whether the service will be used for terror, I have no idea about this. Although it is really beyond my ken, one thing is obvious, that if you have a relative, a friend, or a classmate living in big cities of Canada, the new service from Google Maps will satisfy your curiosity on what their homes look like and what the city looks like.

Instead coming to Canada to find out before, now you just need to type the address into the Google search. Once the map shows up, click and drag the yellow human-shape (on the top of the zooming bar) on to the position you want to view, and the Google Maps will offer you high resolution, 360-degree street-level images of the place you are expecting to see.
The panoramic images were captured earlier this year with cars mounted with special cameras driving down the streets of Canadian big cities.

Now going to Canada is easy, uh? You do not need to pay for the jets. The virtual tours with Google Maps can show you exactly what the streets and somebody’s home look like. Will the Google new service be used by bad guys in Canada? We have to wait and see.