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Google Street View now lets users travel back in time

Time shift feature lets users go back to 2007
Wed Apr 23 2014, 15:56

WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE Google has announced a feature for Street View that enables users to travel back in time.

From today, Google Street View can scroll back in time as far as 2007, allowing users to see changes in landscapes, historic buildings, famous landmarks and so on.

Vinay Shet, product manager for Google Street View, said in a blog post on Wednesday, "If you've ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now's your chance.

"Starting today, You can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world."

Google Street View time travel feature

For example, Google boasts that users can track the growth of the Freedom Tower in New York City from the ground up, or scroll back to view the entire construction of the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.

On a more sombre note, Google said that the time shift feature "can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan".

To explore the feature, simply click on the Clock icon that will now appear in the left hand corner on Google Street View. Google said that while content dates only as far back as 2007, it will retain all Street View data going forward to build up an extensive photographic archive.

"Forget going 88 mph in a DeLorean - you can stay where you are and use Google Maps to virtually explore the world as it is - and as it was. Happy (time) traveling!" Shet added. µ

 

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