Who are the champions of Google Street View?

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal in India are the three most visited places in the world via Google Street View, according to Google, which is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its famous geographic visualization tool.


Who are the champions of Google Street View?


Who are the champions of Google Street View?


Who are the champions of Google Street View?

In the top 10 most visited countries, Indonesia tops the list, ahead of the United States and Japan, while France ranks ninth, overtaken by Spain and Italy in Europe.

In France, behind the Eiffel Tower, the list of the ten most visited places of the past twelve months features the Ocean Serpent, a sculpture on the shore of the seaside resort of Saint-Brévin les Pins (Loire Atlantic).


Who are the champions of Google Street View?

Designed by the artist Huang Yong Ping, it represents a long skeleton of a sea serpent. It was the 360° photos posted by a netizen that enabled Google Street View to offer this virtual tour.

Google cannot explain why this visit was so popular with internet users, ahead of those of the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe or Disneyland Paris.

The latest of the virtual tours is that of the Invalides in Paris, launched to mark the 15th anniversary of the service.

Google Street View was launched in 2007 on the initiative of the co-founder of the American group Larry Page.

A photo car, a van specially borrowed from the security service, then explores the Californian Google campus for the first time.

The service came to France in 2008, on the occasion of a partnership with the Tour de France, which allows internet users to visualize the routes covered by the runners.

“In mainland France today we have almost all roads and paths,” said geographer Gilles Dawidowicz during a press conference.

In total, Google Street View claims 220 billion stored images and more than 16 million kilometers traveled in a hundred different countries.

The recording system with cameras, lidar (laser telemetry), GPS and calculation tools has evolved over time. Google hopes to have a complete system under seven kilograms next year that can be carried by hand if necessary.

Cars aren’t the only vehicles used by Google Street View cameras.

Depending on the places we traveled, we also used backpacks, boats, scooters, bicycles, snowmobiles and even a camel.

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