Google Street View in 3D

While working on an architectural replication project in Second Life recently, I was using Google Street View to gain a better understanding of the building’s as-built exterior (where blueprints and CAD files fall short) and noticed that the street view pegman had a pair of 3D glasses on.

Upon clicking the pegman, the entire Street View scene turned into the classic red and white 3D scene. ┬áSince Google is using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to create the 3D images (not stereo pairing), the scenes aren’t very high resolution – but its certainly better than 2D.

Apparently this feature has been around since some time last year, so it might be old news – but maybe news to someone, somewhere!