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Google Maps comes through Mason City

Google Maps car in Central Heights neighborhood
Google Maps car in Central Heights neighborhood
MASON CITY – A Google Maps “Street View Car” came through North Iowa last week.

Area towns and neighborhoods were photographed for use on the Google search engine “street maps” function.

According to Google, “when we first started Street View as an experimental project, we packed several computers into the back of an SUV, stuck cameras, lasers, and a GPS device on top, and drove around collecting our first imagery. We’ve come a long way since our initial U.S. launch in 2007; today we’ve expanded our 360-degree panoramic views to include locations on all seven continents.”

Google said that to share Street View imagery in Google Maps, the “Street View engineering team is hard at work behind the scenes.”

You can find out more and learn more about how to access and use Street View by visiting the Google Help Center.

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