Google has announced that 20 “Street View ready” 360-degree cameras from the likes of GoPro, Matterport, Samsung and a handful of less well-known manufacturers will hit the shelves later this year, making it easier than ever for users to capture and upload Street View imagery.
In a blog post published on Tuesday, the search engine giant explained that its “Street View ready” certification is comprised of four different categories — Mobile ready, Auto ready, VR ready and Workflow ready — and all of the cameras set to launch this year meet at least one of the standards.
- Street View Mobile ready: 360 cameras that can publish Street View directly from a mobile app—without requiring a desktop workflow
- Street View Auto ready: 360 cameras tailored for vehicle-based collection with the highest accuracy
- Street View VR ready: 360 cameras or systems that collect geometry in addition to generating sets of connected 360 photos
- Street View Workflow ready: Publishing tools (sometimes bundled with cameras) that can upload to Street View accounts
Interactive imagery no longer requires significant time and effort
“Whether you’re sharing your experience at a local market or on your recent vacation, publishing high-quality, interactive imagery no longer requires significant time and effort — all you have to do is get one of the cameras, download the Street View app and start creating,” writes Street View Product Manager, Charles Armstrong.