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Google Street View to come to London’s tube stations in 2024

Passengers will be able to plan their journey through the capital better thanks to a new partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and Google.

The collaboration will see Google Street View come to around 30 tube stations across London, including Green Park, King’s Cross St Pancras, and Waterloo.

Cameras will capture 360-degree images inside stations in a move that TfL hopes will help passengers plan journeys better.

The transport authority also intends the project to benefit people with accessibility needs or those who have not travelled in London before.

“This exciting new project will give people the ability to plan their routes on the London Underground in the same way they would when walking and cycling across the city.”

London’s deputy mayor for transport, Seb Dance, continued: “Introducing Street View will support people to better navigate some of the capital's busiest stations and help us to build a better, more accessible London for all."

Shortly, Google will start collecting images inside stations using a backpack camera. Stations will feature new posters alerting passengers that images may be captured of them, although a small team will focus their work between 10am and 4pm to avoid rush hour.

Google’s blurring technology will be applied to the pictures before they are published next year.

Director of innovation and strategy at TfL, Thomas Ableman, commented: "This innovative project with Google will allow our customers to use Street View to chart their way through our stations, helping them build confidence in using our network when visiting London as well as plan the best way to interchange between lines.

“Working with companies like Google shows how we can use new tools and technology to bring the best service to our customers.”

Image credit: iStock

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