List of street view services


Street View vs. StreetSide vs. Look Around vs. Mapillary

How bởi vì the major street-cấp độ mapping products compare?

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Comparing the four heavyweights.

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Google first launched Street View in 2007.

The tech giants – Microsoft, Apple & Facebook – now all have sầu products built around street-màn chơi imagery.

Here’s a short comparison of them:



Google wins hands down. According lớn the CNET article posted December 2019, there is 10 million miles (16.1 million km) of Street View imagery online.

At the time of writing the Mapillary home page proudly claims 1,289,873,858 images uploaded. It is unclear how many kilometers this represents. As a reference point, in July 2018 Mapillary claimed 5 million kilometers (but sadly no image count). Unlike Street View, this count assumes all user uploaded images and not chất lượng kilometers (in many cases roads have been captured multiple times).

Apple’s look around is the newest street-level offering on the market. In April 2020, the sevice covered 10 areas in the US. As of August 20trăng tròn, this site claims Look Around now covers 14 metropolitung areas, with the addition of Seatle, Nagoya, Osaka/Kyoto, Tokyou.

I could not find any official numbers for StreetSide coverage, but I would estimate it sits below Street View & Mapillary from a simple glance of coverage using the Bing Maps web ứng dụng.


Apple’s Look Around does not support any kind of user contributions of imagery.

In 2010 it looked like StreetSide accepted user submissions. However, I cannot find any references to uploading your own imagery in the current iteration of the hàng hóa.

Google has managed to lớn foster a large community of high-quality contributors using their Street View ready program. Both camera manufacturers, and software builders (ourselves included), can build ontop of the Street View platsize.

Mapillary is prodominatly user submitted imagery. It appears they did start lớn run a driver program in 2020, which I imagine is superseeded after the aquistion by Facebook’s own imagery collection. Users can also modify uploaded imagery using changesets, making it by far & away the most community orientated platform.

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Google, Apple, and Microsoft all run their own driving programs using professional equipment. For example, Google spover 10’s of thousands on camera và sensor equipment for each car. All imagery on these three services is 360.

Google Street View also has very strict Street View Ready Pro criteria for user submitted imagery.

Mapillary does things slightly differently. The majority of photos are from single sensor dash & action cameras. Quality checks on upload by Mapillary are limited. In many cases you’ll come across low-quality dashcam footage (for example, with rain on the windscreen).

That said, Mapillary also hosts lots of high-unique captures. The team at Mosaic51 use Mapillary to showcase professional footage captured by their own camera rig.


Last week I took a look at each service đơn hàng with image removal và blurring, with the exception of Apple’s Look Around.

Apple’s stance is as follows:

For questions or concerns about this process, your right to privacy, or for requests lớn have sầu a face, license plate or your own trang chính made unrecognizable , please liên hệ us.

I don’t see any major differences in each companies privacy stance (when taken at face value…).

The Future

You can see where the Google Street View cars will be next here, và where Apple Look Around cars will be next here.

Whilst I can’t find anything confirming it, I would be very confident that Microsoft’s Streetsde cars are still on the road too.

Mapillary is likely lớn grow quickly after the recent Facebook aquisition, và the big pockets that affords them. Where they’ll be next? Well that depends on the 1000’s of contributors.

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