While Google Maps has definitely helped us navigate the world, some still require more visual cues when trying to find out where they are or where they are going. Sometimes, you need these tips before you even get there, which is why Google Street View remains a critical navigation tool. Street Views, unfortunately, is not so easy due to the necessary hardware and privacy issues. Apparently, Google has found a way to approach people in the next Driving Mode that simply uses your phone’s camera to contribute.
Unlike Google Maps, Google Street View, which exists as a standalone application and as part of Google Maps, puts you right in the middle of a location. It is useful to get an idea of the place before visiting or even visiting places that you will probably never reach. It is an extremely useful educational, navigation and exploration tool, but it also requires more work to be created.
The biggest requirement is a 360 degree camera or a contraption that can shoot in all directions simultaneously. In its infancy, Google had to resort to cars that had these platforms and even became known for it. Soon, anyone will be able to contribute and won’t even need anything more than their smartphone.
The Reddit user -J-G- showed a new option “Driving mode” in the standalone Google Street View app. According to his post, he simply uses his phone’s camera while you make your journey. That means it won’t be a 360-degree image, but the XDA theorizes that Google will apply some image manipulation to piece together flat photos, assuming there would be enough images of a location to create a 360-degree view.
The app also automatically blurs faces and license plates, according to the post, which is probably child’s play for Google’s computer vision and AI. If you can do this trick, you can help expand Street View significantly to reach areas and places that Google alone would not be able to reach.