The Google Maps mapping service has received an update so that you can now take photos for Street View using your phone. Owners of ARCore compatible Android devices can now take photos and post them to Google Street View.
Google initially made it possible for users from Toronto, New York, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica to submit applications. This feature will be available in other regions soon, and Google will be able to use this user-generated content if it does not have its own Street View images in the region.
“While our own Street View trackers and vehicles have collected over 170 billion images from 10 million miles (16 million km) across the planet, there are still many unmapped parts of the world.“Said Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager for Google Maps Street View. He added that user-posted photos would appear in the Street View layer on Google Maps as dashed blue lines.
The new beta feature has been tested for several months. While users could submit images for Street View in the past, this required a dedicated 360-degree camera.
The new feature enables Street View to be used for many hard-to-reach places where cars and Google Street View trackers have not been.