Update around Google Street View
Hi folks -
We’ve been remiss in providing updates on the Street View integration so I’ll try to touch on multiple topics that have been asked in different threads.
In terms of schedule, we’re still working on this and I don’t have a reliable Beta start date to share. I know this might be disappointing to some, but we prefer not to set expectations around a specific date without it being pretty solid. Hopefully you can understand.
Over the past few months, we’ve been re-architecting how we’re approaching our data flows internally to publish to Street View, and our developers have multiple projects to juggle. I know that isn’t very satisfying but wanted to be transparent about what we’re doing.
Touching on a couple other thread topics:
-The Publish to Street View API is indeed now open to the public just like many of Google’s APIs. This means more creativity and energy from independent developers, which is good for the whole community.
-The published tour will look pretty much like any other street view tour (desktop or mobile experience). Note that a Street View experience is a pano-to-pano transition without any depth or 3D model behind it. In the future when the XDM format is supported we may be able to get the so-called “2.5D” experience - not quite 3D, but better than today. Currently we are examining instances where MP Spaces have scans at multiple heights and how that translates into Street View, as well as the best way to deal with floor level connectors.
-Mattertags will *not* be available within the published tour, as there is no support for these in the current API. Curated examples that Google publishes (like the recent space station tour) have Mattertag-like callouts and links within. However that is a ‘private’ capability within Google for special samples, not exposed to partners or the public.
-Types of spaces: Google is very careful with user privacy (as Sibyl noted in one GSV-related thread). At the Street View Summit in May there was discussion around clarifying these policies, as nightly rentals of private spaces is allowed. Will check to see if any of that is posted anywhere. Obviously common sense rules: if there’s doubt with your client, check with them before posting to Street View.
-Posting 360 Snapshots: indeed you can download a 360 snapshot from your Matterport Space and post it to Street View or social/sharing site. Example from a MP Space at the summit: https://goo.gl/maps/teaRXRyH88z
-Auto-linking related content at a Place ID: as Google describes, panos that are published to the same Place ID and that are within certain distances of each other may be automatically connected to each other. I believe the Place ID is important here because in urban settings - shared walls between businesses - you don’t want a user navigating from Store A into Store B through the shared wall.
We know many of you have been eagerly and patiently waiting for this integration. We really appreciate your patience and understanding.
As we continue to focus and develop, we welcome your feedback. Please feel free to share any input or questions about this capability for Matterport users.