Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Google's new Street View lets its users travel back through time

Search giant Google has updated its Street View feature so users can now travel back through time and see how places have changed since the mapping service launched in 2007.

Users will be able to click on a new clock icon in the corner of the screen when using Street View, which enables anyone to explore roads and areas almost anywhere in the world.

Clicking this new icon will then allow users to move a scrollbar, changing the year and even season of the area or building they are currently looking at to see how it has changed over time.

In a post on the official Google blog, Google Street View product manager Vinay Shet said: "If you've ever dreamt of being a time traveller 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."

Google Street View is one of the company's most impressive achievements.

It was mapped out by cars with mounted cameras which were driven across most of the world. The results are available to view to the public.

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