Google Street View is a very useful feature of Google Search and Google Maps that helps people find routes.
But now, for the first time, ordinary users will be able to upload Street View data from Google without a 360-degree camera.
According to the Android Police (a website that features news, reviews, tutorials, and hacks related to Android platforms) report, a new feature driving mode is being introduced in Street View which is currently available to a limited number of users.
Enabling this feature will allow users to take and upload photos from their phones without the need for a special camera, while faces and license plates will be blurred automatically.
Driving mode will help improve Street View, especially in rural areas, where more data is not available to Google.
It is not clear how Google will control the quality of data uploaded from users’ phones.
At the moment, it is only assumed that this data will be reviewed manually.
Unlike Google Maps, until now, Google Street View (which is part of Google Maps and also serves as an autonomous app) has not been able to upload its data to ordinary users.
This requires a 360-degree camera.
In December last year, Google said in a blog that Google Earth now covers more than 98% of the world and has so far collected 10 million miles of Street View imagery.
In terms of 10 million miles, Google said the distance is more than enough to travel around the world more than 400 times, and Google Earth allows users to browse more than 36 million square miles of satellite imagery.