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Google Street View Comes to Yesha

Google's Street View will soon include the towns and cities of Judea and Samaria, a report said
By David Lev
First Publish: 9/27/2012, 9:49 AM

Google's 'Street View' car driviing through Mea Shearim in Jerusalem
Google's 'Street View' car driviing through Mea Shearim in Jerusalem
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Google's Street View, which allows internet users around the world to see streets, homes, and businesses located almost anywhere in the world, will soon include the towns and cities of Judea and Samaria. Google vehicles have recently been seen in a number of towns in Judea and Samaria, such as Oranit and Shaare Tikvah, a report in Yisrael Hayom Thursday said. The vehicles include staff taking photos, most likely for the Street View maps.

Street View lets users of Google Maps click on a spot on the map and display a photo of how that site actually looks “on the ground” - as if the user were at that site, walking or driving down the street. Any faces that are captured in the photos are blurred, as are other personal identifying features, like car license plates.

Google began mapping Israel in Street View last April, after vehicles had photographed Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa. Since then, the company has expanded its Israel database to include many locations inside the 1948 armistice lines, and the towns and cities of Judea and Samaria will be gradually added in the coming months, the report said.