Google Street View expands to include Toronto

October 7th, 2009 - 9:41 pm ICT by BNO News  

By Michael van Poppel

Google street view toronto TORONTO (BNO NEWS) — Google Maps on Wednesday morning expanded its street view feature to include the photographic landscapes of Toronto city streets.

In the past few years, as Google introduced the street view feature for more areas around the world, the service caused privacy concerns for some people, while others see it as a useful tool to navigate a new area or to simply discover the area. A number of U.S. and European cities have already been documented for the service, and more are expected.

The pictures were taken last spring by a special van with roof-top cameras. Google had earlier promised to blurr all faces and other personal information such as license plates, but an initial review of the images showed that the company did not manage to censor everyone. One photo clearly shows a woman riding a bike in Toronto’s Harbord Street.
woman riding a bike in Torontos Harbord Street
On other photos, however, faces and license plates are blurred as promised.

Google Maps is a free web mapping service application and technology provided by Google that offers features such as maps and route planning. Except street view, it also offers satellite images of most areas on Earth, with some secret or critical facilities blurred. Google Maps was first announced on the Google Blog on February 8, 2005.

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