Getting started with Google Street View
- Published: 27 Mar 2012 at 10.35
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Google Earth (top) is great if you like looking at the world from an airplane, but if you want to put your feet on the ground, Google Street View (bottom) is for you.
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Google Earth images (top) are starting to look old-fashioned now that Google Street View (bottom) available for parts of Thailand.
Google Street View is fun. Once you get started, you may end up wasting a few hours playing with it, so if you have work/homework to do, do it first. We’ll begin with some information about Street View from a story in today’s Bangkok Post. Then (after your work or homework is finished) you can look at our “Getting started with Streetview” guide.
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Street View offers local look
First introduced in the US in 2005, Google Maps with Street View imagery was launched in Thailand last week, making it the 35th country in the world to use the technology. Having started accumulating the images in September last year, Street View imagery with 95% completion in three provinces – greater Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket – is now available on the Google Maps website.
Drag "pegman" to the place on the map you want to see from street level.
At the website maps.google.co.th/streetview, Google Street View displays panoramas of stitched images taken from a fleet of specially adapted cars. Street View imagery appears as the closest zoom level in Google Maps. Where Street View images are available on the map the "pegman" icon on the left-hand side will be coloured orange. To access the image you can drag the pegman onto a street outlined in blue. You can move up and down a street, or look around in 360-degree panoramas.
Google aims to have Street View covering all 77 provinces in Thailand, but does not have a committed timeframe saying that there are many unexpected factors, such as the flood last year that stopped the Street View team from accessing many streets and forced them to change their plans and go to Chiang Mai. The Street View team is now working on the provinces near Bangkok such as Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom and Nakhon Nayok.
The Street View team is comprised of 15 drivers, who not only have knowledge of local routes but also skills in computer technology. Street View cars are equipped with special cameras that take photographs as they drive along public streets. Once the photographs have been taken they are "digitally stitched" to make them ready for use on Google Maps.
Street View cars have special cameras that take photographs as they drive down public roads.
To allay privacy concerns, Street View only contains imagery that is already visible from public roads and features technology that blurs both faces and licence plates. Pornthip Kongchun, Google Thailand head of marketing, says that any user can easily flag images for removal that they consider inappropriate by clicking on "Report a problem".
Locations that are not necessarily viewable from public roads require the Google Trike, a specially designed bike mounted with a camera that can capture and collect street-level imagery in places less accessible by car. In Thailand, Google Trike is now being scheduled to capture images at the historical parks in Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/GSzCy4
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
imagery – pictures, photographs, etc ภาพ, รูปภาพ
launch – to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
accumulate – to get more and more of something over a period of time สั่งสมมานาน
display – to show information on a computer screen โชว์, แสดงภาพบนจอของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
panorama – a view of a wide area of land ทัศนียภาพทั้งหมด
stitch – to join things together, in this case, a series of photos เย็บ,ปัก
fleet – a group of vehicles, planes, boats, or trains, especially when they are owned by one organisation or person กลุ่มรถแท๊กซี่, รถโดยสาร, หรือเครื่องบินที่อยู่ในบริษัทเดียวกัน
adapt – to change something to suit different conditions or uses ทำให้เหมาะ, ทำให้เข้ากับ, ปรับ
level – a position or rank in a scale of size or importance ระดับ
icon – a small symbol on a computer screen that usually represents a program or a file รูปสัญลักษณ์บนจอคอมพิวเตอร์
access – having the opportunity to have or use something มีโอกาสในการใช้
drag – to pull something ลาก
aim – to have as your purpose or goal มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
commit – to promise to do something ให้คำมั่นสัญญา
timeframe – the length of time something is supposed to last ในกรอบเวลาที่ระบุำไว้
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
comprise – to consist or be made up of two or more people/things ประกอบด้วย
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
digital – using a system of receiving and sending information as a series of the numbers one and zero, showing that an electronic signal is there or is not there ซึ่งรับส่งข้อมูลด้วยการใช้ตัวเลข
allay – to make some feel less of something, like worry, fear or doubt ขจัดความสงสัย ขจัดความกังวล
privacy – the freedom to do things without other people watching you or knowing what you are doing ความเป็นส่วนตัว
concern – a worry ความกังวล
visible – able to be seen ที่มองเห็นได้
blur – to make something less clear, so that it becomes difficult to distinguish clearly ทำให้ไม่ชัดเจน, เบอร์
licence plate – a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
flag – to draw attention to something
removal – taking something away การเอาออกจาก
inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
location – where someone or something is ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
not necessarily – possibly true but not definitely or always true
mount – to fix something into position on something, so that you can use it, look at it or study it ตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
accessible – that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc ที่สามารถเข้าได้
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
Getting started with Google Street View
The best way to learn to Street View is simply to try it out. If you have any experience with Google maps or Google Earth, you will have no difficulty at all.
So far I’ve found two ways of getting into Google Street View for Thailand. (If you have a better way, you can let us know on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/bangkokpostlearning)
http://maps.google.com/intl/en/help/maps/streetview/learn/where-is-street-view.html This begins with a map showing in blue all the areas of the world which have Street View available. Look other Google maps, you can zoom into where you want to go. Then, when you have found the place you want to see at street level, drag the pegman icon to it and, magically, you are there.
http://maps.google.co.th/intl/th/help/maps/streetview/ You can also go directly to Street View Thailand. Click on that blue box on the top right and you’ll find a satellite map which you can use in much the same way.
Move through the map and zoom in on an area you want to visit. When you find it, drag the pegman icon there.
Wait a few seconds and you are there. To move around, click on the arrows on the road. Also use the arrow in the upper left to look in very directions, including up and down.