July 25, 2014

Google Maps gets time machine-like feature

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One of the more requested Google Maps features has become a reality as Google announces a new archive street view capability. Available in 55 countries and where allowed, the feature lets users “go back in time” and view historical imagery of notable places.

Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.

With more than 6 million miles worth of road photographed, Google has plenty of spots with more than one image available. According to RecodeGoogle Street View cars have even crossed some of the same roads “every summer for eight years”.

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At first it will be offered in the desktop web version of Google Maps. We might expect a mobile version down the road; imagine standing on a corner and tripping back through old images.

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