Google Street View is adding underwater mapping, which was released and finished on time for World Oceans Day on June 8th.
Google Street View is getting oceanic as they add ocean view to the list of things that can be seen from the mapping application. Google had help from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, which ensured that the photos were captured in a way that didn’t harm any of the life that exists underwater, as well as there being a successful baseline of images for the platform to run from.
Some of the spaces that have been photographed underwater include, Cozumel, Black Rock Chimneys, and, of course, the shipwreck of the SS Antilla, which is just off the coast of Aruba. While there are some photographs of the wildlife that’s underwater, the focus is trying to understanding the terrain and bringing more attention to the delicate features of our underwater life here on Earth.
Google’s Ocean Program said in a statement that, “We hope the release of this imagery inspires people to learn more about this precious natural resource.” The team went on to point out that, “As the ocean changes we must change with it by creating new technologies to help document the state of the ocean today and how it changes in years to come.” Currently, many of the ocean views are available online and have been receiving a lot of positive reviews – especially following World Oceans Day, which was yesterday.
Some of the other interesting information that Google has included on Street View includes some of the most secluded islands in the world. These islands provide a look at something, which just like the underwater photographs do that people simply wouldn’t get otherwise. Inclusions of some popular travel destinations, like the Maldives, Bali and the Bahamas are key to pushing the development of the rest of this space.
Perhaps the most notable, and the most discussed location that Google went underwater to capture is the Great Barrier Reef. Google was able to provide 20 photographs that also provide complete 360-degree coverage of the reef, and give onlookers a sight that they might only see if they were physically there. Even then, not everyone can gather the courage to make the plunge, so this could be as close to the reef as some will be able to come.
This is just the latest example of Google Street View pushing their outlook. They’re now not only just getting interactive with virtual reality and some of the other technologies that are out there – but expanding the scope of the very content they cover. Instead of simply working from the street view, they’re working from the underwater view, as well. This is an opportunity for Google, and the rest of the technology driven the world to make some positive change on this front and raise awareness to some of the most beautiful places on Earth.