Google Streetview has become a common tool for users to get directions, view 360 degree images of locations instantly on the computer.
A new feature that will be expanded on Google Streetview is the ability to navigate a virtual tour inside buildings. Some locations have already photographed their store, and their business locations are available to preview on Google.
I believe that this is a good feature for business’s to attract customers. My first thought when I read this article was that it was a privacy risk, but it looks like Google is taking appropriate actions to help protect bystanders privacy, and that of the business’s as well. Participation to be on Google’s new Streetview is entirely voluntary, and focuses on businesses such as restaurants, hotels, shops and gyms, and excludes private residences and locations such as hospitals. The business owners have to submit an application before having their business become available for a virtual tour.
I think it will be interesting to see how this new feature adapts with the general public, and what new features will change with Streetview in the future. When this new feature becomes a common necessity among businesses, it may have people wanting to put their house or apartment on StreetView also.