FAQ: Matterport for Google Street View

Matterport for Google Street View is currently in limited beta. This feature is in active development at Matterport, and Google is evolving their API and service as well. So you can expect a few speed bumps along the way.

 

General Questions

How do I sign up for the beta?

Complete this form to register for the beta. We will reach out to you by email. We are slowly growing the beta group as it becomes more stable.

Currently we are only extending the beta to Matterport customers (those who own a Pro or Pro2 camera and a Matterport Cloud subscription).

 

Is the experience the same as I am used to with Matterport?

Not exactly. Google Street View is a 360 pano-to-pano experience without a Dollhouse View or defined limits like a Matterport Space. See the Street View Gallery for examples. We’re not “embedding” Matterport inside Google as much as we are exporting imagery you’ve already created.

 

Is Matterport the only way people can capture and publish to Google Street View?

For indoor photography, Matterport is one of several options photographers and venue owners can choose. However, Matterport is the best solution for large and complex places because it is easy to scan and great for capturing lots of panos that are all automatically connected.

 

Google Related Questions

Is this the same as the “See Inside” experience on Google Maps?

Essentially yes. “See Inside” was the name of an older Google program that differentiated interior tours and car-based captures. Now the entire program is called Street View, even if the location is inside a building.

 

Where on Google is my content published?

Your content will be visible on Google Maps, Google Earth and the Google Street View app. Each application will show your 360º images (also called connected panoramas or a tour) in different ways.

 

Can I control which 360 images appear in a place’s listing on Google?

On the Matterport end, all 3D Scans (aligned panoramas) from your Matterport Space are uploaded in the publishing process. This does not include 3D scans you’ve hidden or 360º Views (unaligned panoramas) you’ve captured.

On the Google end, the specific order of the photos (both 2D, 360º, and non-Matterport photos) in each place listing is determined by Google’s image search algorithm — not by you or by Matterport.

 

Will faces or license plates be blurred automatically?

Currently not. Content that is published through the Street View API does not go through the same face or license plate blurring algorithms as Google Street View on roads.

We recommend you hide scans with private information before you publish.

 

Will content I publish connect with other existing Google Street View imagery? For example, can I navigate from the middle of a street to inside my store? 

This depends on the distance of your content from existing Google content, and is controlled more by their algorithms.

 

Can I explore my content in Virtual Reality?

If you use the Google Street View app for your iPhone or Android phone, you can press the VR icon to experience your content in virtual reality. You will then insert your device into your headset and explore.

This type of VR experience will show the same 360 panoramas (and connections between them) as you see in normal version of Google Street View for other non-Matterport content. The Matterport VR Space with optimized navigation is not published to Street View.

 

Matterport Related Questions 

Is this only for newly created Matterport Spaces or Pro2 spaces?

Any Matterport Space you can explore in 3D Showcase can be published. This includes both Pro and Pro2 spaces. Spaces that you’ve captured with the Pro2 will export the high quality, 4K images to Google.

 

Can I hide just one 360 panorama from the published space?

Sure. Just hide the scan in Workshop and then republish. The hidden scan will not appear in Google Street View. Another option is to delete the 360 pano from within Google Maps if you want to keep the Matterport Space as-is.

 

Can I publish spaces with more than one floor?

Yes. The floor levels are automatically determined based on your Matterport Space.

The floor picker UI within Google Street View only appears when a viewer is standing at a spot where there are panos above or below them. Users may not realize there are multiple floors until they actually start exploring the tour.

 

Can I set the start position within the Street View tour?

No, this is not a feature of Google Street View. Users enter by clicking on an individual pano (blue dot in Google Maps and Google Earth) which indicates there is imagery there.

 

Will Mattertag™ Posts and Highlight Reels be visible in Google Street View?

No, these are not currently supported in Google Street View. We suggest you share your Matterport Space through social media or embed it on your website for users to see these features.

  

Does this include 360º Views (unaligned panoramas)?

Currently not. We can only publish scans you’ve captured in “3D Scan” mode in the Capture app because they are aligned/linked together.

 

Can I use the Dollhouse View to explore and navigate?

No, Google Street View is designed as a series of connected 360º images. Currently there is no notion of 3D geometry or a Dollhouse View within a Google Street View tour.

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