Google’s Street View Cameras Get Quality Boost

Google has redesigned its Street View camera system so that it can take clearer images and capture more data about shops and buildings.

The new hardware takes clearer panoramic photos, while two high definition cameras capture detailed images of shops and street signs. Data such as shop opening hours can be spotted by machine-learning algorithms and included in search results. It is the first major update to the Street View hardware in
eight years.

Google said the improved cameras would produce brighter and more colourful images. It has previously improved the quality of the cameras on its Street View vehicles, but the company told Wired that people
were now asking “harder and deeper questions” such as “What’s the name of the shop on the corner?”.

The new vehicles will use just seven cameras and also equipped with a laser radar system to help judge

“This upgrade is important because of the pace of change in technology,” Chris Green, technology analyst at the consultancy Lewis, told the BBC.

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