Street View is one of the most useful features that Google uses to help users navigate through Search and Maps, and now its availability can increase dramatically. In a new test, Google allows users to help capture data on Street View without the need for a special 360 ° camera.

The feature, called Driving Mode, is displayed in the side menu for some users of Google Street View. Once enabled, it should be able to allow users to capture Street View images without a special camera. It may automatically blur faces and license plates.

This has the potential to improve the availability of Street View, especially in more rural areas for which Google does not currently have data. It is unclear how the company plans to control the quality of data collected from users’ phones, but if any company can clear the weather and smudged windshields, it is probably Google. At the moment, it seems that the collected data can be subjected to manual reviews, because the user who recorded the video above can see his contributions on his profile, but still does not live on Google Maps.

It is unclear whether the company plans to expand this. The Street View collection plays a big part in legal issues, so maybe Google is playing safe and slow for now. I still do not see the new drive mode, but you may be able to do so because of the way Google implements server pages. If you want to try your luck, go ahead and download the latest version of the Street View app from the APK Mirror or Play Store.

Google Street View
Google Street View