Google adds six new cities to Street View

Google Maps users now have access to 360 degree street views of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson.

Google has added six new cities to its Google Maps Street View, as well as the ability to pan to the top of skyscrapers.

The new cities with the 360-degree view are: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland and Tucson. And the images in Phoenix, Tucson and parts of Chicago are in high resolution, like those in San Francisco and San Diego, according to Google's Lat Long Blog. There's also a dorky video about it on YouTube.

The images in the new cities were captured by Google's own camera-equipped cars since its contract with Canada-based Immersive Media expires at the end of this year.

The Google blog links to a view where you can pan to the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago. I tried to get that view on the TransAmerica Pyramid Building in San Francisco but couldn't. We probably don't have big enough skyscrapers, yet, to really make it worth Google's while.

Google Street View now lets you pan up skyscrapers in some cities. Google

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