Get this –Google’s Street View is sending users back in time. The internet giant has added a new feature to its street view maps. Now you can look past street view images dating back to 2007 on the desktop version of Google Maps.
Google says the new time lapse feature will allow you to explore an area and see how places have changed. We’re talking landmarks like the Freedom Tower in New York City and the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Brazil. The feature can also be used as a digital timeline of sorts. Users can take a before and after look at areas following devastating disasters like the tsunami in Japan.
Google’s Street View launched in 2007. It’s the closest thing we have to a teleportation device. With just a few key strokes you can take a trip to places like St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, without actually having to leave your house.
The time lapse feature appears in a window within Street View along with a bar users can manually toggle to change years. Users can also check out different regions during different seasons, like a look at the Great Smoky Mountains during the fall.
Read the official blog post on the announcement here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/go-back-in-time-with-street-view.html