The wait is over: new Street View imagery

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Since the first launch over 2 years ago, the feedback I hear most often from users - and, in fact, members of my own family - around the world is "When will Street View be available where I live?". For those of you in Taiwan, Portugal, and Switzerland who have been among that vocal group, I've got great news: today we're launching imagery in your countries!

I'm particularly excited about Switzerland and Taiwan since I have relatives in those countries I don't get to see nearly as often as I would like. Now, not only can I finally give them the good news that their countries have Street View, but I can re-live my past visits with them. I've found everything from that drive around Lake Geneva with my uncle:

Größere Kartenansicht that delicious shaved ice stand my aunt took me to in Taipei:

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I've also been able to virtually explore Portugal, a country I haven't yet had a chance to visit - but this imagery has me eager to book a trip.

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In addition, as a follow-up to our launch of Disneyland Paris, we're excited to launch more special areas of interest in Street View. We took our Street View cars for spins around two race tracks in California: Thunderhill Raceway Park and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We've also used our Street View Trike, the new bicycle-based system, to gather imagery at San Diego State University and LEGOLAND California. We've included a little surprise at LEGOLAND, which we hope you will enjoy! Check back shortly for a blog post about the Trike and our partner program for Street View. [Update: You can view the blog post here.]

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Regardless of where in the world you are, I hope you enjoy exploring the new imagery. Whether you want to see the Taipei 101, Geneva's Jet d'Eau, or race cars, there's something for everyone in this new Street View update.