Google’s virtual navigation service, Street View launched in 2007, could be a glimpse of the so-called metaverse.
15 years after its launch, a Google Maps feature, used to explore distant places, provides insight into the metaverse. At that time, there was no question of moving from online life to virtual worlds. A thinking of Google co-founder Larry Page then led to Street View. It is a virtual navigation service to visualize a place in 360°.
Street View allows users to click on locations in Google Maps and see what it might look like if they were there. Today, the Internet giant is introducing an “immersive view”. This merges Street View images with artificial intelligence to create “a rich digital model of the world”. That’s what said Miriam Danielvice president of Google Maps Experiences.
” You will be able find out what a neighborhood looks likea landmark, a restaurant or a popular place – and even feel like you are there before you even set foot there “Daniel pointed out. “With a quick search, you can virtually fly over Westminster and see the neighborhood and the stunning architecture of places like Big Ben up close.”
Google’s Street View lays the groundwork for a more immersive map
Street View images have been collected from over 100 countries and territories. This ranges from places such as Mount Fuji at Grand Canyon National Park.
Years of capturing the real world in 360-degree images bode well for Google when it comes to a future in which life on the internet will shift to immersive digital worldshas explained Carolina Milanesi, technical analyst at Creative Strategies. “It absolutely plays into the metaverse,” Milanesi argued. ” The idea of a digital twin of the world is certainly one aspect of this that Google will solve,” she added.
Silverman, senior technical program manager and head of imaging solutions for Google, believes that in a sense, Street View has been providing users with a virtual experience for over a decade. He asserted that imagery naturally lends itself to depicting the real world in virtual environments.
“Ideally, this metaverse, this world that we’re entering, we’ll be there,” Silverman said.
Page’s idea is essential to “our mapping efforts”, confessed Ethan Russell, product director of Maps. “It allows you to see the latest information about the world. Furthermore, he launches the basics of a more immersive and intuitive map “.