I’m sure that you have already tried to find your house using Street View, theGoogle Maps feature that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. Since its launch in 2007 the service has expanded to include most of the cities and rural areas worldwide, at the point that you can virtually visit every place on Earth that is accessibly by car.
This incredible coverage has allowed the creation of new services and artwork. Geoguessr for instance is a funny game that shows random Street View locations and requires players to guess their location in the world using only the clues visible in the picture.
The website hyperlapse.tllabs.io created by designer-duo Teehan+Lax lets you create a real hyperlapse ( or drivelapse since we’re talking about cars) starting from a Street View ocation. The film-maker Tom Jenkins on the other hand used the power of Street View to make “Address is Approximate”, a nice stopmotion video.
But all these inspired projects are not enough for Google, that started to equipe new kind of vehicles with its special 360° camera in order to get the most extreme places in the world.
You can already take ‘street view’ of world’s tallest peakse and also visit some of Italy nicest natural locations, thanks to a partnership between the Mountain View giant and the Italian Ministero dell’Ambiente e Federparchi. On Google Street View and on naturaitalia.it is now possible to virtually visit three Italian natural areas: the National Park of Gran Paradiso, Sila and Abruzzo Lazio and Molise.
During our phtographic journeys on Italian mountains we often had a doubt of which path to follow. Having a Street View of a National Park would definitely help the visitors to not get lost. Or maybe not? Maybe these places are the last one where we can get lost and this is probably something we want to preserve. What do you think?