Trade Arabia: Google brings Lebanon’s rich history and culture to the world. “Today, anyone with an internet connection can virtually explore the natural landscape of Lebanon including the pearl of nature Jeita Grotto, Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, and learn about the country’s history from Baalbek & Temple of Jupiter. The team also captured The National Museum of Beirut which was reopened in 2016. The imagery also includes different universities some of which date back over a hundred years including the American University of Beirut.”
TechCrunch: Google Street View cars will be roaming around the planet to check our air quality with these sensors . “Google uses the Street View cars to map the land for Google Maps. Starting with 50 cars in Houston, Mexico City and Sydney, Aclima will capture air quality data by generating snapshots of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and particulate matter (PM2.5)while the Google cars roam the streets. The idea is to ascertain where there may be too much pollution and other breathing issues on a hyper local level in each metropolitan area. The data will then be made available as a public dataset on Google BigQuery.”
Geospatial World: Copenhagen to use Google Street View to keep pollution in check. “With an aim to measure the air pollution of Copenhagen, the Danish capital’s municipality revealed that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Google. The air quality measuring equipment will be mounted on Google Street View cars which will help to measure the actual pollution levels throughout the city.”
Lifehacker: How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Tours with Google Street View. “Google’s done more than almost any other company to bring virtual reality to the masses, from making cheap Cardboard headsets to giving the public easy ways to create and share 360-degree photos. Now the company is giving VR fans another way to dive in with a new tool called Tour Creator. The service lets you quickly create and share VR tours of your favorite locations from all over the world, pulling from Google Street View along with your own 360-degree pictures. Here’s what you need to know to get started.”
Zee Business: Google Street View can estimate travel patterns in cities: Study. “Google Street View has the potential to estimate how common cycling is in cities, and potentially other travel patterns too, a study has found. The analysis of 2,000 Google Street View images from 1,000 random locations in each of 34 cities in the UK found strong agreement with data on cycling, and public transport and motorbike use, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.”
PocketGPSWorld: GeoGuessr A Google StreetView Game For Everyone. “I happened across this site by happy accident yesterday and it’s quite a lot of fun! GeoGuessr is a a web game whereby you are presented with Google StreetView images and are asked to guess the location of the image by placing a pin on a map. The more accurate your guess and the closer to its origin the more points you score.” This is an interesting game. I’m kind of crap at it.
Irish News: You can relive last year’s solar eclipse thanks to Google Maps. “Google Street View is an endless treasure trove of unintentional discoveries, but this one might eclipse them all. A Google Street View car driving through a Missouri road captured the otherworldly scenes of last year’s solar eclipse. The vehicle’s 360-degree camera travelled through McKelvey Hill Drive in Maryland Heights, Missouri, as the sky briefly turned to night during last year’s phenomenon.”