01 Nov '11, 1am
Google Street View now lets viewers look inside shops in test program
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google's free online map service is letting shops, gyms, restaurants and other small businesses provide viewers glimpses of what lies behind facades seen on Street View. A test program launched in April of last year was bearing fruit in a growing array of panoramic images taken inside businesses that volunteered to be part of the project. 'We've been seeing renewed interest in the past few days because, as promised, we're getting more imagery online,' Google spokesman Deanna Yick told AFP on Monday. 'The 360-degree views are really visually engaging, so we're glad users are excited,' she continued.