Bing Streetside coming soon to UK?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted May 7, 2011 16 comments

Bing Maps Streetside, which provides an “on the ground” look at mapping locations, allowing you to “walk” certain streets and see stitched together photographic images of the area, has only up until this point been available for certain parts of certain cities in the US.

Now however, thanks to a tip from Alimaggs, it looks as though Bing Maps UK may be about to get some of the same functionality:

ukStreetside

While no actual Streetside imagery is available for the UK at present, Bing Maps now sports the “little blue man” icon representing Streetside, and UK users can use it to view Streetside areas in US maps.

An FAQ on the Bing Streetside web page confirms that the UK is first on the list:

Q.  When will street level imagery include international markets?

A.  Microsoft has already collected imagery in 56 US metro areas as well as in selected areas in Canada. In April 2011, Microsoft will begin collecting street level imagery in Europe, starting in the UK with France, Germany and Spain following soon after. 

And according to a report in The Telegraph, Navteq/Bing branded cars (4 of them initially) are already mapping out London.

(thanks for the tip!  Remember you can reach us at tips *at* liveside *dot* net with anything fun and interesting you find!)

Posted May 7th, 2011 at 11:06 am
Category: Bing, Featured
Tags: Bing, StreetSide, UK
  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    This is great news, can’t wait for it to go live! and roll on the new cities.

  • henryed07

    This is great news, can’t wait for it to go live! and roll on the new cities.

  • Chris

    Why would the UK even need this? Doesn;t sound like something the queen would approve let alone Bill and Kate.

    • Anonymous

      The Royal Family don’t actually have power. The power to make laws rests with a democratically-elected parliament (which, by the way, actually contains members from several parties, not just 2 like in the USA). The Queen technically has to approve laws, but this is basically ceremonial and the king/queen has not rejected a law for hundreds of years. If they decided to start rejecting laws, there would probably be a revolution!

      • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

        @calumcookable:disqus It is actually quite amazing how the royal family has lost power over the years. Once upon a time, the king/queen actually ruled a country.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Microsoft has seemingly taken great care to protect privacy, etc., especially in light of some of the problems Google has run into with Streetview. Click through to the Streetside web page or the Telegraph article for more on privacy concerns.

  • Chris

    Why would the UK even need this? Doesn;t sound like something the queen would approve let alone Bill and Kate.

    • calumcookable

      The Royal Family don’t actually have power. The power to make laws rests with a democratically-elected parliament (which, by the way, actually contains members from several parties, not just 2 like in the USA). The Queen technically has to approve laws, but this is basically ceremonial and the king/queen has not rejected a law for hundreds of years. If they decided to start rejecting laws, there would probably be a revolution!

      • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

        @calumcookable:disqus It is actually quite amazing how the royal family has lost power over the years. Once upon a time, the king/queen actually ruled a country.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Microsoft has seemingly taken great care to protect privacy, etc., especially in light of some of the problems Google has run into with Streetview. Click through to the Streetside web page or the Telegraph article for more on privacy concerns.

  • http://twitter.com/topleya Andy Topley

    Shame that this doesn’t look as good as Streetview from Google. I think Bing is the best for searching but Streetside and News Search is where it falls short of Google.

    Bing for the win though :)

  • topleya

    Shame that this doesn’t look as good as Streetview from Google. I think Bing is the best for searching but Streetside and News Search is where it falls short of Google.

    Bing for the win though :)

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Great! I can stop using [shudder] Google Maps entirley after this comes to the UK! And I can finally get my family to switch over, too…

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    Great! I can stop using [shudder] Google Maps entirley after this comes to the UK! And I can finally get my family to switch over, too…

  • Anonymous

    Wait, what? Here in the Netherlands that little blue man has been there since Bing Maps launched, and you’ve been able to watch US streetside views since that launched. I’m pretty sure that has always been the case in the UK version too.

  • Momfer

    Wait, what? Here in the Netherlands that little blue man has been there since Bing Maps launched, and you’ve been able to watch US streetside views since that launched. I’m pretty sure that has always been the case in the UK version too.