Travel by Google Walk

30 May

Last week, when Dr. Bruce showed us about the Google street view, I really interested in it, this was brilliant idea for my next posting. I knew before Google Earth program, but this is extraordinary perfect creation of Google. So I would like to share with others who are unfamiliar with it.

One of the neat features of Google Maps is the ability to get a street view of many urban and suburban areas. The street view is an actual photograph shot with an Immersive Media camera that delivers a 360 degree image of the surroundings.

Using this special camera, Google is mapping out areas so that users of Google Maps will be able to actually see an area on the map. This is great if you are unfamiliar with your destination and want to find some visual landmarks. Another great use of the street view is that it will allow you to walk down your street using Google Maps. While not quite as practical as finding visual cues for a destination, it is certainly a lot of fun.

The first thing you want to do is to zoom down to street view for the area where you live or you where you have chosen to walk using Google Maps. You can do this by entering the address into Google Maps or using drag-and-drop to manipulate the map. If you are unfamiliar with Google Maps, you can review instructions on navigating Google Maps.

To begin, enter Street View by clicking on the “Street View” button at the top of Google Maps. This should highlight some streets on your map in blue. The blue highlight designates that the road has been mapped for street view. If your road is not highlighted in blue, you will need to choose another road. You can find one nearby, or enter in a friend’s address. Remember, at any time you can use the left navigation menu or the arrow keys to peek left or right. So, when you pass by your neighbor’s house, be sure to check on whether or not they have cut their lawn recently.

Next, you will need to locate the little orange man in the center of the map. You will need to use to drag the orange man to the street you wish to walk down.

Once you have dragged the orange man to a street that is highlighted blue, you should see a picture of the street similar to the picture shown above.

Google Maps may have dropped you into street view facing the wrong direction. To correct this, use the navigation menu on the upper right hand side. The highlighted icons will allow you to turn left or right. You can also use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard. The easiest way to navigate street view is by looking straight down the street. When you come to an intersection, Google Maps will present you with a decision by giving you arrows for each direction you might take. If you do decide to turn, remember that Google Maps will move you in that direction, but it won’t turn you to face in that direction. So, you’ll have to use the right navigation menu or the left and right arrow keys to face the correct direction. Also, don’t forget to take your time, look left and right, and use the zoom feature. You might just discover a neat little pizza place.

Google added walking directions to its Google Maps product today. The walking directions ignore one-way streets and Google Maps tries to give pedestrians the most direct and flat route possible. As Google itself acknowledges, the Maps database does not currently have a lot of information about sidewalks, pedestrian bridges, or if a specific street is simply too busy to cross. They are, however, working on improving these aspects of their maps.

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Walking directions are available everywhere Google offers driving directions. Now you should be well versed in walking down your street using the Google Maps street view. Try travel through the other parts of your town, or choose some place you would like to visit such as New York or San Francisco.

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2 Responses to “Travel by Google Walk”

  1. Dian Stefanov May 31, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Eddy,

    I am really impressed by your ability to make a really easy to understand explanations. You really did a great job by this blog post because, I do not know for the others but, you really make me curios to explore more on that topic.
    I also really enjoyed reading your post because of its neat structure. I think that pictures in your case were crucial, but you manged to choose just the right ones.
    I found a really funny video about Google Street View Guys, so if you fave some tome just check it out:

    Great Job!

  2. itwanda July 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Hey Eddie,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. I think that Google Street View is so amazing. It gives such a great insight and you really almost get a feeling of being at the places you are viewing because it is three dimensional. It is so different than just looking at random pictures of buildings. Whenever I went on vacation or short trips in the last months I checked out the places on Google Street View to see what I can expect more or less. I think you did a really good job, maybe you have have also included the criticism that is entailed. Because here in Germany there used to be some kind of debate about that, people were worried about their privacy so Google had to make some houses and apartments unrecognizable. Check out this interesting article:

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