Dublin city will be the first in the UK to be given Google’s Street View car service starting with the launch of Google’s “street car” services.
The Google-owned Street View cars will travel along the city centre, where they will be equipped with Google’s proprietary mapping technology and will be able to provide real-time views of landmarks and people on the ground.
“This is a great first step in delivering the world’s best services for the Irish people,” Dublin City Council’s head of services, John Fenton, said.
Google is the biggest provider of mapping and data-visualisation technology in the world, and its Street View vehicles have been used by cities around the world for a variety of purposes.
It also runs Google Maps in India and Google Earth in the US, and is working with the Department of Transport to use its StreetView cars for mapping in the coming months.
“We are excited about the new services that Dublin City will have access to through Google StreetView and the Street View network, which will enable us to provide Dublin with the highest-quality service possible,” Mr Fenton said.
Mr Fenton added that he expected the services would be rolled out in phases over the coming years, and that “somebody will get to the top”.
Dublin city centre is the first location in Ireland to be added to the Google Street Search network.
Google Street View, which has been available in Ireland since 2010, allows people to zoom in on places and landmarks, taking images and videos of them, and then zoom back out.
Dublin is the latest city to be offered the service, which is set to be rolled-out to other cities in the next few months.
Dublín Mayor Mervyn Storey said it was a significant step forward in the Irish capital’s bid to be recognised as the “digital capital of Ireland”.
“I am excited that Google will be working with us to enable Dublin to be a digital capital of the nation, a digital leader in transport, a world-class tourism destination and the centre of world-leading digital innovation,” Mr Storey added.