Posted May 29, 2007 6:40 pm by with 3 comments

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Google Maps has launched street-level maps for several major US cities today. Currently available only for New York, Denver, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami, the new features enable you to get a street-level view of the city. According to CNET, on this street level view you can even zoom in to see street signs and bus stops.

According to the unofficial GEarthBlog, these views come from actual street level photographs. They also link to a video tutorial on how to view the street views.

CNET notes that in addition to these developments, Google Maps has another update in some cities:

Google also launched Mapplets, a tool that enables developers to create mini applications to be displayed on Google Maps. Developers can combine information such as real estate listings and crime data with distance measurement and other tools to create their own embeddable mashups directly on the Google Maps site.

CNET and Read/WriteWeb both draw comparisons to EveryScape, a mapping startup. As Josh Catone on RWW puts it:

It seems the two companies have opposite aims. Google wants to create better, more useful maps by providing photographic, street-level views of entire cities, while EveryScape hopes to entice business owners with the ability to offer virtual tours of their business within interactive virtual tours of neighborhoods.

Incidentally, Microsoft also began offering 3D versions of major cities on Maps with aerial photographs today, with nine cities covered around the world (meaning: seven in the US, one in Canada, one in England).

  • This is great – what would be even better is if Google displayed their red balloon outside each business listed in Google Local. A user can then click on this balloon and find out more information on the business. Imagine contacting the owner and telling them your standing “outside” their business. 🙂

  • How come you guys in the US get all the good stuff? When will these features spread to south america? 🙁

  • JohnD

    It’s a good thing that Everyscape is competing with Google when it comes to online mapping. As far as I know, Everyscape is not alone in this feat to compete with Google. There is also which is introducing the same concept in mapping technology. I think people could just watch out who will emerge on top.