Google Street View takes you to the World Cup 2014
Google was planning to launch the Street View Imagery of all 12 World Cup stadiums. The launch took place today, just a week before the first game of the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil. This way, Google is giving football fans the opportunity to save their tickets and expenses. The feature lets everyone explore all 12 of the World Cup Stadiums and visit Brazil’s painted streets, which is a World Cup tradition. Except for the Street View itself, Google also added some information that could come in handy to those who made the effort to travel all the way to the games. The mobile app includes transit data in all of the 12 World Cup host cities and indoor maps to more than 100 venues across the country like airports, malls and stadiums. As Google Street View’s program manager, Deanna Yick, wrote in a blog post, “The World Cup is the biggest global sports tournament” and Street View can guide you through the cities from home or from the location itself. South American countries like Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico were also included in the new imagery and can be virtually visited. Of course, nothing compares to the actual, real places, but we have to admit that the feature is meant to make our lives so much easier. Street View is a feature that was created by Google Maps and Google Earth. High end technology was used in order to provide panoramic views from various positions on almost every street. Google Street View has extended a lot in the past years and where available, it shows real streets and buildings after zooming in on a particular address. It was introduced in 2007 and by November 2012, users can contribute with panoramas on their own using gadgets with Android 4.2. and later.