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Google launches ‘Street View ready’ standard for 360-degree cameras

by Josh Levenson | May 10, 2017May 10, 2017 12:30 pm PDT

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.


Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...