Do a Little Time Traveling With Google Maps

By | April 23, 2014
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Go time traveling with Google Maps

Google adds new time machine feature to let users see older images of favorite places, buildings

By Sharon Gaudin

Google is giving users something of a time machine in a new feature on Maps.

The company is adding past images of places noted in Street View for the desktop version of Google Maps. The goal is to give users the ability to see how places have changed over time.

“We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world,” wrote Vinay Shet, Google’s Street View product manager, in a blog post. “Now with Street View, you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Towerin New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.”

NYC Freedom Tower

With Google’s new time machine-like feature in Maps, users can follow the construction of the Freedom Tower in New York City. (Photo: Google)

Google also says the new feature can serve as a digital timeline of recent history, enabling users to follow the reconstruction underway in Japan after the devastating tsunami and earthquake in 2011.

Users also can use the new feature to see what cities would look like in different seasons. Looking to take a bike tour of the French countryside or the green mountains of Vermont? Now users can get a glimpse of them at different times of the year to help them decide when to go…

From ComputerWorld

One thought on “Do a Little Time Traveling With Google Maps

  1. Jean Jeanie

    Are you able to give me the link for this feature. I keep trying google maps but no success so far.

    Many thanks

    Jean

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