Google Street View for Australia

Google has just announced that it will be bringing its ” Street View” images to Australia with images captured over the next several months and become available for viewing later this year.

Google Street View is an added feature of their highly popular Google Maps that provides 360° panoramic views of the street at ground level. It was launched in May this year in the US for a limited number of cities which has been slowly expanded.

The images are taken by specially modified cars that take the images from a rooftop mounted camera and record the location of each photos by GPS. When taking millions of images at street level of a city you are bound to catch some amazing things and there are many websites that have sprung up to highlight some of the best images and one of the best is Google Street View Sightings. Google has caught abortion protests, break and enters and people in compromising positions. Australian privacy laws are a little more strict than the US and it is expected that Google will have to blur the faces and car number plates of anyone photographed.

Google Street View allows a lot of possibilities for real estate agents. In the US some agents are providing a link direct to the street view of a property on their website so potential buyers can get a feel for the neighbourhood.

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About Glenn Batten

Glenn Batten is the General Manager at First National Real Estate Nerang and Principal at the First National Real Estate Upper Coomera office and has over 20 years real estate experience and a passion for technology. Glenn has been writing from an agents perspective on industry issues and covering a range of topics on Business2 since 2007.

3 Responses to Google Street View for Australia

  1. snoop December 12, 2007 at 6:27 am #

    So how would agents use this??
    Out of state /Absentee buyers??

  2. Glenn Batten December 13, 2007 at 11:11 am #

    Melbourne Street Views are being captured right now it seems. Has anybody seen the vans running around?

    In the Gold Coast Bulletin today there was a very small article reporting that the Google Vans taking photos in the street (in Melbourne I think) may have captured some evidence of a crime. I cant recall the exact details but I remember chuckling when the journalist stuffed up saying that it was captured on a satellite photo. One minute this car is in high altitude and next minute its being driven around the streets. Google is good, but not that good!!!

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