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Google Street View help site relaunched, now with lots more information and pretty photos


Google has relaunched its Street View help site, which is meant to serve both as a showcase of what Street View does, as well as an information hub about the service and the vehicles it uses to gather its now-famous photos.

As before, the site shows where Street View vehicles are working at the moment. New sections have been added though, and they give you details about each type of vehicle that Google now uses for Street View, alongside information about how Google turns the photos they gather into what you and I know as Street View. You can find out everything there is to know about Google's Street View cars, trikes, snowmobiles, and even trolleys -- including pictures and 3D models of them. This diversity of vehicles has allowed Google to not only include, ahem, streets into Street View, but also ski slopes, parks, and museums.

The new site is also a lot more focused on sample Street View imagery, as you can see from the screenshot above. That photo is of a botanical garden in South Africa, and the help site even has a dedicated image gallery showing you selected samples of photos the Street View vehicles have captured.

If you'd like to know how to use Street View, the help site obviously has that information too -- after all, it would hardly be a help site without it. You can also read in full detail about Google's face and license plate blurring technology, as well as see where Street View is available across the world.

The new Street View help site is currently only turned on for the US domain, maps.google.com. Country-specific domains will be supported later this year.

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