Street View Updates, with and without Google
Google Street View was first introduced in the USA in May 2007. As a result, the project was rolled out worldwide. From July 2008, the Street View vehicles drove through Germany and announced which areas were to be published.
In August 2010, Google announced that the map service will be provided for the 20 largest cities in Germany: Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Wuppertal.
From that point on, it was possible to request the blurring of one’s own house. Google had the blurring checked by TÜV Rheinland and received the TÜV-Rheinland seal of approval.
In total, there were almost 250,000 request of blurring that had to be processed before the launch. These buildings appear irrevocably blurred, as Google has committed to delete the raw data.
In April 2011, Google announced that it would not expand or update the area covered by Street View in Germany.
Since August 2017, Google’s camera vehicles have been driving through Germany again. The recordings are not published, it is used to update road maps and MyBusiness business listings. The recordings from 2008 to 2010 remain online.
Street View in Germany is a journey through time of metropolitan cities, the country is not covered. Elsewhere it is possible to travel all over Europe through updated Street View material. Even in remote regions.
360-up – Google Street View Trusted
360-up, as one of the first Google-certified companies in Germany, released street-view tours of companies since July 2013. Since then, we have been asked by companies to update the exterior views of their location on Street View. We explain the situation described here and refer to the over-regulation here, which does not exist elsewhere in Europe and the world.
Entrepreneurs have a growing understanding that it is counterproductive to stay in a digital Stone Age, and requests for solutions are piling up. No company wants to see a store front image of 2008 in its online company profile. The product managers of 360-up are alerted and are already implementing a first Street View lookalike in the summer of 2017.
Solutions to outdated street view images from 360-up since 2017
How do we do it? Marcus, Nils and other professionals book a houseboat in the media harbour of Düsseldorf. On the roof of the houseboat, a giant tripod is anchored by 360-up and various 360° special cameras are brought to a height of about 10 meters. During the boat trip over the Rhine, an enormous amount of panoramas,provided with GPS data, are taken. The boat tour leads from the Media Harbour down the Rhine, along the Düsseldorf Rhine promenade to the level of Messe Düsseldorf. The distance is about 7,5 kilometres.
In post-production, the present data material is processed and as a result, the desired points of the river cruise can be accessed in the panoramic views via an open source map. We call it Street View Made in Germany without any foreign and Google technologies.
Solutions to outdated street view images from 360-up since 2018
360-up’s technicians are getting active again, this time on foot and on a Segway. Marcus Mitter, from 360-up, walks across Königsallee in Düsseldorf with a special backpack equipped with a high-resolution 360°-video camera, GPS trackers and more hardware, specifically for this venture.
. A 360°-video is produced in 8K resolution. The path goes from Graf-Adolf-Straße, along one of the most famous luxury shopping street in Europe to the Köbogen to the other end of the luxury mile.
Why did we do this? As a test for the release of Street View updates, directly published on Google Earth and usable as Google Maps link. It worked. Today, the Kö-Walk can be accessed via the search mask in Google Earth. But it shouldn’t stay that way.