Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Street View lets you virtually behold amazing sights like Yosemite's El Capitan and The World's Largest Rocking Chair without ever leaving your computer. But if you're like me, occasionally you need to go somewhere in real life. And it's not always easy to find your way around an unfamiliar place. To help with this, we've been hard at work integrating Street View into the driving directions feature of Google Maps so that now you can preview your route before hitting the road.
Look for the camera icons next to your directions — the camera means that Street View is available at the intersection:
Click the camera icon and you'll be transported to that intersection, with a giant arrow showing you what to do:
You can follow the arrows to explore along your route, previewing things like landmarks, speed limits, and road conditions. Take a look at this video to see it in action and hear about other helpful uses of Street View's integration with driving directions: