Google Street View Goes Live in Israel, 2 Days Early

Application offers three-dimensional views of streets, based on actual photographs; Google Street View car spent seven months photographing streets in Israel's big cities prior to the release.

Maya Epstein
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Google Street View went live in Israel on Friday morning, two days before the official release scheduled for Sunday.

The Google application offers 3-D views of streets around the world based on actual photographs, enabling users to feel as if they’re experiencing these locations firsthand.

A poster outside Tel Aviv's Beit Lessin Theater. One of the faces is blurred. Credit: Google Street View

Within Israel, Google Street View is so far offering images of Gush Dan towns including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. The Google Street View car spent seven months photographing streets in these cities prior to the release.

The Justice Ministry conditioned allowing the Internet giant to upload images of Israel’s streets on it automatically blurring out faces of people and license plates.

However, this feature isn’t working perfectly, as users noted: Some faces aren’t blurred, while images on ads and posters − including models and kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit − are indeed blurred. Take for example the poster outside Tel Aviv’s Beit Lessin Theater, above.

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