Google has mapped 30 miles of the River Thames onto its Street View service, a move that sees London's iconic river join locations as diverse as Red Square and the North Pole in offering users a panoramic view as if they were actually there.
Google said it had worked with the Port of London Authority (PLA) to allow it to travel the river from Richmond to Woolwich to help bring views from the river to Street View. It used a ‘Trekker’ camera for the project, fitted to a hydrographic surveying vessel, called Yantlet (pictured), owned by the PLA.
John Pinder, the PLA’s port hydrographer, said that adding the Thames to Street View was a great way of making the famous river more accessible to people all over the world.
“It’s great that people across the world will now be able to take a virtual journey down the Thames, enjoying a unique perspective of London,” he said
"The River Thames now has a place alongside some of the world’s most famous locations on Street View and we’re proud it is the first river in Europe to be mapped using the technology.”
Ed Parsons, geospatial technologist at Google UK, added: “We are thrilled to be able to work with the PLA so that users from around the world can experience the Thames through Street View.”
The addition of the Thames is the latest in a number of updates to Street View beyond roads, with bike routes and canal paths also added over the last year or so. The move should also help Google stay ahead of Apple in the mapping game. Apple continues to push its own product despite its disasterous launch, with the service coming to Mac desktops with its OS X Mavericks release.
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