Gibraltar images in Google's street view

Google says that it will begin imagery collection in Gibraltar to improve Google Maps and for the Street View feature in its Google Maps. In the coming days, a Google car will begin driving and taking photographs of locations around Gibraltar.

They add: Street View is a hugely popular feature of Google Maps which is already available in more than 30 countries around the world. It allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images. It is also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile.

Images collected by the cars will be processed and carefully stitched together, a technological process that can take several months. They will be made available at a later date in Street View on Google Maps.

In areas where Street View is available, you can access street-level imagery by zooming into the lowest level on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange "Pegman" icon on the left-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street. You can check out a restaurant before arriving, make travel plans, arrange meeting points, get a helping hand with geography homework. Househunters can save time by exploring properties and their surrounding area in advance and also by looking up driving directions.

Businesses can also benefit from the Street View technology by embedding Google Maps directly into their site for free, helping them to promote a chain of hotels or increase awareness of a local library or restaurant.

*Google goes to great lengths to safeguard privacy while allowing all users to benefit from this feature. As with all Street View imagery, before publication Google will apply face-blurring and licence plate blurring to all these images to protect people's privacy. Once images are available, people will be able to report images for removal by clicking on 'report a problem' on the bottom left hand corner of the image. From here they complete a short form where they indicate the precise image to be removed.