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Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in Joburg, Photography, South Africa, Technology | 7 comments

Google Street View for South Africa – Now Live

Update: Seems the Google SA folk aren’t waiting for the media release – STREET VIEW FOR SOUTH AFRICA is LIVE ALREADY – use maps.google.com and drag the Street View man icon from above the zoom slider onto the map. Any roads captured by the Google cameras will highlight. Drop the icon wherever you want to zoom down to street level for a look-see.

If you find anything excellent – yourself we include as excellent! – drop a link into the comments below!

Google Street View is coming to a South African city near you!  Street View is due to launch in SA on Tuesday, 09 June 2010Since the announcement in late 2009 that Google would be producing Street Views of the major South African cities there’s been a regular stream of sightings of the various Google Camera Prius’ around the country.

Google Street View is the integrated 360° panoramic view imagery taken at street level of prominent locations. It is integrated into both Google Earth and the online Google Maps services and first saw life in 2007 when the initial focus was on major US cities. Since then Street Views have become available for a large number of locations around the world.

One of the fleet of Toyota sponsored Prius vehicles used by Google to Street View South Africa Now, in time for the World Cup kickoff, it is South Africa’s turn. At the initial announcement Google said that it was taking photographs of locations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. But sightings of the Google Camera cars have been made well outside of the city limits in many cases – I saw one on the freeway in the Benoni area, and am aware of cars having been spotted in Hermanus for example.

Google SA will be holding a media briefing to launch the new Street Views tomorrow (Tuesday, 08 June 2010) and it’s expected that the images will be live on Google Maps SA by lunchtime as well.

If you’ve never had any fun with Street Views in the past, and want to see what all the fuss is about before the SA launch tomorrow, have a look at these samples:

(It takes a few moments for the map to centre itself first, and then for the Street View images to load.)

The Street View images will add even more value to the Google SA Maps service, with Google Earth overlays already providing an impressive collection of 3D-building renders for some of the major cities.

7 Comments

  1. October 2010
    Streetview coverage of Hilton Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa was available until I upgraded to 5.2 recently. (I lived there until 2008). Can anybody tell me why the Hilton Streams were withdrawn ??

    • Hi John

      By "upgraded to 5.2" I assume you mean a Google Earth upgrade? Not being much of regular G-Earth user myself, I can't really comment on why Hilton is missing there. But if it's any consolation the areas' Street View images are also missing from the Google Maps site as well. It's all very weird. Streetview shows perfectly all around Hilton, but ends abruptly on all of the entrance roads into the town.

      Could it be possible that the local residents' association have asked Google to remove the views of the area?

      • Hi Greg….thank you for that, it's obvious you checked at the N3 road bridge, from where it used to go along Hilton Ave. to the Crossways Hotel at the other end of the village. I am going over in Nov. so will check with ratepayers assoc. and the police. I cannot complain really as crime was why we left S.A. 2 years ago.

        John Clarke

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