Publish to Google Street View (Beta)

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.

First, scan and upload the model as normal. Next, log in to Matterport Cloud (my.matterport.com) and find the space you want to publish.

Open Google Street View from the "Apps" tab.  

Only Admins and collaborators with Editor access can publish to Google Street View.

Click Publish to Google Street View

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Find the Correct Place on the Map

You’ll now see a map which corresponds to your space.

Type the name and address of the business in the text box. Select an option that appears in the autocomplete.

Typing the name/address and choosing from autocomplete will ensure that your imagery is attached to the right Place ID (business listing in Google)

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Use the name of the business or the venue in addition to the address. This helps you better identify the Place ID for areas with shared addresses, like a skyscraper with multiple shops or a strip center in a suburban area.

If a Place ID is not available to match your space, we recommend you first “report a missing place” on Google Maps to create a Place ID. Learn more. Later, publish again through Matterport and use the new Place ID you requested.

 

Adjust the Footprint

The map will show the address and the surrounding areas. Navigation is similar to Google Maps: zoom in with the +/- buttons or mouse wheel, and click-and-drag to move the map around.

The map will also show a top-down floorplan of the interior. This is the same Floorplan View that you see when you explore in Matterport 3D Showcase.

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Move and/or rotate the floorplan so it matches with the satellite imagery. By placing the floorplan, you are placing all of the individual 360º images on Google Maps at once.

Click and drag on the move icon to move the floorplan to the right location. Click and drag on the rotate icon to rotate the floor plan.

Spaces that are symmetric can be difficult to place. Open another browser window and explore the space in Matterport 3D Showcase so you can find unique features in the floorplan and use those to help orient you. Tip: look for the entrances as they are usually near the parking lot. You can also zoom-in on the map to help you clarify.

Once you have placed the floorplan correctly, click Next to move on.

 

Choose a Google Account for Attribution

Now choose a Google account from which you will publish the imagery.

Attribution is very important. The name and profile picture from this Google account will appear in the credits for the imagery in the top-left corner.

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Photographers who are publishing on behalf of their business clients have three options:
  • Publish from a Google account owned by the photography firm. Attribution will be to the photographer.
  • Ask the business owner to create a specific email account just for publishing to Google Street View. For example, [email protected]. Share the credentials for this account with the photographer. Attribution will be to the business owner.
  • Invite the business owner as a Matterport collaborator with editor access. Learn how. They can enter their Google credentials and publish directly. Attribution will be to the business owner.
The option you will choose ultimately depends on the photographer and what relationship and agreements they have with their clients.

For proper attribution, we strongly suggest you publish from a branded account that represents your entire business or organization. For example, [email protected]

Do not use personal email accounts like [email protected] or email aliases (distribution lists) like [email protected]

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Select Add New Account. A new window will appear. Click the account you want to publish with.

If you are already logged in with your Google account, it will appear in the list. You can also login with another Google account.

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Confirm that you want to let Matterport publish to Google Street View with this account.

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You’ll return to Matterport Cloud (my.matterport.com) where you’ll see the account you just authorized. Confirm this is correct and click Next to move on.

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Review & Publish

Do a final check that the footprint and the Google Place ID (business name and address) are correct.

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Click Back to make changes or Publish to complete.

You will receive an email from Matterport when we have completed sending your data to Google. Your images (and connections between them) should be available on Google Maps, Earth and Street View within 24 hours

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