Starting today, Google Street View will begin a new transformation from a carefully curated project to a community-driven map pieced together by user-submitted photos and panoramas from around the world. It’s a smart move from Google as it continues to expand the popular service. After all, there’s only so much of the world that Google can cover on its own, despite its company’s fleet of camera-equipped cars, backpacks and other gadgets.
Google has made the process of uploading your own photos to Street View as simple as possible. Using any Android device, you can easily take massive panoramas using Photo Sphere and instantly upload them to Google Maps. You can also use spherical pictures taken with a DSLR camera, though that takes a few extra steps. The new tool for contributing to Street View also looks simple and intuitive, allowing you to connect your Photo Spheres to each other and to Google’s own panoramas with what the company calls a “constellation” user interface.
With the latest update to Street View, Google will continue to map out more and more of the world with detailed photos. While the search giant has recently expanded the service to cover everything from select zoos to airports and train stations around the world, we’re excited to see what type of user-submitted content shows up in the future.