Google Maps Offers Developer Access To Street View

Google's Street View and Photo Sphere viewing tools offer users a pretty cool way to get as up close and personal with a place as is digitally possible. Having a 360-degree perspective of a specific location means they can really have a good look around. The problem that arose with sharing these images in the past was that recipients would need to navigate to a dedicated page in order to view them. Google has changed this by announcing that it is now possible to embed these images.

Along with this update, Google has stated that developers and website owners will also be able to add these abilities programmatically, integrating the functionality into third-party websites. The company added that the embeds use the imagery viewer technology that is available in the new Google Maps Street View option.

Here's how it works:

  • Search for a specific location in Google maps in your browser.
  • Enter Street View mode or select from one of the Photo Spheres.
  • Click on the settings cog in the bottom right of the screen.
  • Choose the option to embed the image, choose a custom size and get the necessary code.

As stated in a recent article on NDTV Gadgets, Ken Hoetmer, product manager of Google Maps APIs, notes that "embedding a Street View or Photo Sphere works similarly to the Street View Service in Google Maps JavaScript API v3 — specify a lat/lng or panorama ID to pick your location, plus heading and pitch to determine direction of the scene and angle of the camera." 

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You Can Now Embed Street View and Photo Sphere Images From Google Maps

Candice McMillan Candice McMillan is a copywriter and lifestyle blogger working between London (UK) and Nice (France). Her interest in all things API came out of a close working relationship with dev team, Lab19 Digital, where she has been involved in the conceptualising and content management of a variety of new applications.

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