The Google Street View vehicle that was in Nelson in June and September to photograph the city's streets.

Nelson streets now live on Google Maps

Google Street View’s latest update went live across Canada last Wednesday and now features Nelson in all its spring and autumn glory.

The flowers in your front yard and cars in your driveway are now live for all the world to see.

Google Street View’s latest update went live across Canada last Wednesday and now features Nelson in all its spring and autumn glory.

Google’s goal is to create the world’s most accurate, comprehensive and usable maps in the world,” Google spokesperson Aaron Brindle told the Nelson Star via an email interview. “Street View plays an important role in delivering on that ambition.

Google first came to the Nelson area with its special truck back in June. They returned in the fall to finish photographing the community.

“The [photography] includes cutting-edge face blurring technology, which helps make sure that passers-by in the photographs can’t be identified… and we also blur legible license plates,” Brindle told the Star in June.

If you are in Rosemont, for now you are out of luck. The Google truck did not visit that part of the city of this time around.

Brindle said Google is excited about its latest update.

“Once in Google Maps, you can visually explore and navigate a neighborhood through these street-level photographs, moving up and down streets or looking around in 360 degree panoramas,” he said. “In addition, we’ve also created easy-to-use reporting tools so that people can ask for images of their house, car or themselves to be obscured in Street View.”

To have Google blur out images you are not comfortable with, you can head to the website and click on “report a problem” at the bottom right of the screen.

“We take user’s privacy very seriously,” said Brindle.

For more on Google Maps head here.

 

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