Four Bing Streetside cars are today starting to take photos from the streets of London. Microsoft Bing Maps recently announced they will take photos in Germany too. Bing Streetside is currently only available in the US, but will be coming to Europe this summer.
Google has announced that they will not add any more cities than the 20 currently available on Street View in Germany. This comes as a surprise to many as Google recently won a legal battle in Germany for it’s Street View service. Competitor Microsoft Bing Maps is now starting to take photos for it’s Streetside in Germany. And is already getting complaints from germans.
I’m guessing Google will let Microsoft take some of the privacy complaints for a while in Germany. And then be back in a few years time?
Street View will get competition in Germany. Microsoft have announced that it’s service Streetside will be available some time this summer in Germany. Bing Maps Streetside is currently only available in the US.
This one is from Microsoft Bing Streetside in Fort Lauderdale.
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Watch this video for some amazing matchups between Flickr and Bing StreetSide.
This tech preview mines geo-tagged photos from Flickr, and relates them to our Streetside imagery to show images matched to its original spatial context. Why is this cool? You’re now able to see what that club looks like at night (is it really THAT scary?), see if you’re really going to get a good sunset at that B&B you’re looking to book, or check out the crowds on a Saturday morning at Pike Place Market in Seattle or get a view of the same market from decades prior. (official Bing blog)