JERUSALEM (JTA) – Google’s Street View in Israel will go online next week.
The project, which will feature 3-D images of the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and other attractions in Israel such as the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and the Ramon Crater, will be launched with a ceremony in Tel Aviv on April 22, Israel’s business daily Globes reported.
Before approving the project, Israel’s Justice Ministry set several conditions on Google Street View, including the right for Israelis to request further blurring of residences and license plates. Israeli officials reportedly had been concerned that terrorists would use the service to plan attacks in Israel.
The Google cars and tricycles, fitted with 360-degree cameras to take panoramic images, began collecting the images last September.
Google Street View, an online mapping tool that provides a 3-D view of buildings, landmarks and streets, is available in 30 countries.