Google street view now comes with a time machine feature

Google, on Wednesday has updated its Map’s Street View feature where users can travel back in time to see how specific locations have changed.

Going back as far as 2007, the company has collected images from its past street view collections — to create interactive timelines. This time-lapse feature is however only available for desktop users for now.

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“If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now’s your chance…Forget going 88 mph in a DeLorean — you can stay where you are and use Google Maps to virtually explore the world as it is—and as it was. Happy (time) traveling!” wrote Vinay Shet, Google Street View Product Manager in a blog.

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So just browse the Google maps to enter into a timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction of Onagawa, Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami took place in 2011, or to get feel of Street View cars driven on the same road — back in time — in different seasons.

One can also scan around to see how billboards and gas prices change, or what a place looks like in different seasons.

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