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Google’s Fusing Street View with AI to Create Metaverse like ‘Immersive View’

TechXplore | Glenn CHAPMAN  | Sep 2, 2022

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Google will start rolling out immersive view later this year, starting in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.

  • Fifteen years after its launch, a Google Maps feature that lets people explore faraway places as though standing right there is providing a glimpse of the metaverse being heralded as the future of the internet.

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  • There was not yet talk of online life moving to virtual worlds when a "far-fetched" musing by Google co-founder Larry Page prompted Street View, which lets users of the company's free navigation service see imagery of map locations from the perspective of being there.
  • Now, the internet behemoth is introducing an "immersive view" that fuses Street View images with to create "a rich, digital model of the world," Miriam Daniel, Google Maps Experiences , said in a post:

You'll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like—and even feel like you're right there before you ever set foot inside.  With a quick search, you can virtually soar over Westminster to see the neighborhood and stunning architecture of places, like Big Ben, up close.

From maps to metaverse

Years spent capturing the in 360-degree imagery bodes well for Google when it comes to a future in which internet life shifts to immersive digital worlds, said Creative Strategies tech analyst Carolina Milanesi.

Silverman reasoned that, in a sense, Street View has been giving users a virtual experience for more than a decade, and the imagery naturally lends itself to depicting the real world in virtual settings.

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The idea of a digital twin of the world is certainly one aspect of it that Google will solve.  Ideally, that metaverse, that world that we move into, we're going to be there.

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