Google Maps' Street View goes underwater

Google Maps' Street View goes underwater
It looks like the next frontier for Google Maps' Street View will be the depths of the oceans and seas. The company has already released the first areas that can be explored in a 360-degree panoramic view, and we've got to say - they look quite impressive!

Google has partnered with The Catlin Seaview Survey and has managed to secure a very special Seaview SVII underwater camera. And when we say it's special, we mean it - there are only two units of this camera in existence right now. It's capable of taking one 360-degree shot every three seconds, along with geo-location and camera direction data.

Currently, Google has covered six locations found in the Philippines, Hawaii and Australia. As you can imagine, there's very long road ahead of the Google Maps team, by looking at these first shots, we're more than certain that this giant effort is worth it.

You can start your underwater journey right now, by visiting this address.

via: SlashGear



1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Next stop: Google Maps inside the volcano!

4. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Outer space!

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Nah, with Mars One coming up that's just too mainstream :p

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Outer space it is! They'll try to launch an hubble like telescope with 360 degrees capability and that would be legen.. wait for it.. still wait for it because this might come after 20 years.. dary! LEGENDARY! :D

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

just one word... WOW...!!!!!

2. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Wow now this just blows Apple little map right out the water... Aha

17. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011


22. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I see what you did there ;)

3. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

beat that iOS maps! huh!

15. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Wait for a year and we shall see. Besides, iOS maps is a first gen product. Google maps has been here for a while so it has to be better than iOS maps.

20. Savage unregistered

For a year? That's too much to ask from a company which is known to provide incremental updates. Most Apple can do in a year is get the data of USA right for their maps. The whole world will have to wait for another year. And here, Google's already underwater. By the time Apple gets Earth right, Google would progress to Moon or Mars.

23. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Everyone take note.. this is the new iExcuse "give it time.. Google has been around so ofcourse its better but.. iMaps will get better with time.. just give it time......because magically after a year Apple will in a new revolutionary way surpass the data that Google already has"

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Google rules the world :-)

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nice one google! It's like an slap to iOS maps. :D hahaha

9. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Great job Google. I'm proud coz Philippines was included, we really have beautiful beaches and diving sites. Another remarkable job for Google maps, what can you say Nokia, MS, and apple maps?

10. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

nice :P

11. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Why they called it street view, whereas it is under water? Lol how about ocean view or sea view. :-D

12. Seymur unregistered

Maybe will be renamed.

13. Adithya7184 unregistered

now will follow google with sea-lense...lolzzz Just Kidding....

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Google; mastered Maps, working on the oceans.

18. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

No wonder! Google services and software are best

19. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

This is totally freaking cool. I love seeing the sea turtle swimming at the Great Barrier Reef.

21. kingstandup

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

This is so crazy that it's beyond cool!

24. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i greatful that google appreciate the beauty of marine biodiversity of the Philippines!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.