Google has announced their own version of A9’s Blockview (now dropped, along with a bunch of other A9 features).

Google added their twist to it by making pictures at certain points and having them be a bit offset (at an angle). So you don’t quite walk down the street as with Amazon’s A9 product but it does give you a nice perspective of the street.

The nice thing about their application is that it allows you to click and drag the picture to pan and tilt (the same way you would in those real estate virtual tours). Additionally, you can click on an area in the picture to move in that direction. Really cool stuff!

This was announced at the Where 2.0 conference.

UPDATE: Some users are voicing privacy concerns

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