Have you ever wondered if you could go back in time on Google’s Street View? Well, now you can with “Time Machine” from Google Maps.
The new feature allows users to view street view images and go back in time with Doc Brown Pegman. The Imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 is practically a digital time capsule of the world.
New York is one of the most collected cities in Street View. So much has changed in this dynamic city in the last seven years, and now it can be explored in the fourth dimension in Google Maps.
B-Reel, New York, worked on creating the promotional tools to spread the campaign.
“With the help of the Google Maps team, we began creating images and gifs of some of the most interesting changes over time in the world,” says B-Reel.
“We watched the construction of the Freedom Tower in New York and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. We poured over images of demolitions, gentrification, seasons changing and the effects of natural disasters."
Doc Brown Pegman can be found in the lower left-hand mini-map once a user engages with the clock icon while in Street View.
With "Time Machine", you can see a landmark's growth from the ground up, including the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
"This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan," explains Vinay Shet, Google Street View Product Manager.
"You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.
"Forget going 88 mph in a DeLorean—you can stay where you are and use Google Maps to virtually explore the world as it is—and as it was. Happy (time) traveling!"
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