Google announced last May that it intended to begin adding business interiors to Google Maps Street View. Now the first test images are rolling out. Users browsing maps will be invited into shops and offices that make use of the same 360-degree panning view that we’re used to with street view. Considering the very different nature of the content, Google has changed the way they acquire these images.
If a business owner is interested in having their interior added to Google Maps, they have to fill out an application online. Google will then contact the applicant to set up a time for a Google photographer to come and capture the business for posterity. If at a later date, the owner or any subsequent owner decides that they do not want the images up, a request can be submitted.
Google says it has worked with thousands of businesses to get photos of building interiors. Some worry about potential burglers using the images to plan break-ins, but we’ll just have to wait and see if that’s the case. Would you make use of this feature in Google Maps?