Google map directions get Street View

When checking driving directions online, clicking a camera icon will show a photo of the area where drivers need to turn.

Google Maps directions now are augmented with Street View imagery, where it's available.
Google Maps directions now are augmented with Street View imagery, where it's available. Google

Google has built its Street View into Google Maps' ability to provide driving directions, the company said Tuesday.

With the feature, a small camera icon appears next to the intersections in the turn-by-turn directions. Clicking on the icon brings up a view of the intersection so people can see the area in question.

Google Street View is available in 44 areas of the United States, and there are strong signs Google is bringing Street View to Europe . Street View is available through the Google Maps programming interface so that those using Google Maps can add Street View abilities to their Web sites.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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