Google has setup an amazing behind-the-scenes landing page for its Street View mapping initiative, where the company talks a little bit about the technology’s history, and how it takes pictures fit for your eyes. By now millions are familiar with Street View—for reasons good and bad—but there’s still many more areas that need to be explored. To show just how far Street View has come, Google shares a pretty sweet graphic highlighting how much of the world has been “Street Viewed,” and the next locations to come.
Most high traffic areas are already covered, including the U.S. and U.K., but Google still obviously has a lot of ground to cover. Many Asian, African and South American countries have yet to be captured by Street View, though that likely has more to do with individual government policies than actual effort put forth by Google. Still, countries such as China and Russia are enormous, so it’s not like covering them in Street View is an easy feat.
Google is transparent with its methods, and shows exactly how it captures images around the world; it also reveals exactly what areas are up next on its Street View list, including places in the U.S., France, Japan and Canada. If you want to get a better understanding of Street View, and see exactly where the technology has been, you can check out Google’s cool behind the scenes page.
Pretty soon those blue scribbles will cover even more areas around the world, giving homebodies the opportunity to travel to places they don’t otherwise have the opportunity to go.