You can now capture Google Street View scenery with your car for $3,500
If you’ve dreamed about driving the Google Maps Street View car, now you can take the DIY route. Chinese camera maker Insta360 announced today that the Pro — its $3,500 camera that shoots 8K, 360-degree imagery — is the first to be certified by Google for your car as part of the “Street View Ready” program announced back in May. Basically, this is Google giving you the thumbs-up that this camera meets the specifications, quality, and accuracy necessary for capturing Street View scenery.
Theoretically, this will let Google plug some of the gaps in its Street View coverage around the world by leaning on citizen mappers (or organizations) with some cash to burn (Insta360 says Google will also offer 50 cameras through its Street View camera loan program). As long as the imagery captured is up to Google’s algorithmic standards, what people capture will make it into Street View.