Google has announced that street view‘s latest destination will be South Africa. Soon, Toyota Prius models mounted with cameras will start their journey across cities of South Africa, taking pictures along the way. Cities to be included in the Google Maps Street View are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Durban.
Google’s Street View is a very popular service that currently includes a number of major metropolitan areas across the globe, where cars fit with directional cameras did the job of capturing the 360 degrees view from the street. In some locations, Google also used a trike to capture images, though it is not immediately clear if they will be used in South Africa as well.
Where available, Street View can be accessed by zooming-in to the lowest level, or by using the “œPegman“ icon on a highlighted street. Also, roaming about in the environmentally friendly hybrid Prius helps to give Google‘s image a boost, while bringing good PR for the Prius as well. Once the images have been collected, they go through a process of being “œstitched“ together, and may only be available on street view after several months.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Google and supplying our fuel efficient and environmental friendly Prius for this groundbreaking project in South Africa. South Africans and international visitors alike will benefit tremendously from Street View, which is both fun and practical. We hope that people across South Africa’s major cities keep their eyes peeled for the Street View cars, and feel part of a major new initiative,“ said Toyota‘s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Andrew Kirby.