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File under: dumbfounded.

You may have heard a while back that Google Maps offers "Street View" for various cites: click on a map, zoom in, open the Street View to look around at ground level, via cropped panorama. That's all well and good and likely to be useful in many ways. For example, a colleague at work recently used it to compare neighborhoods around potential hotels in the LA area.

Google has a new offering related to Street View now. Use their mapping system to create the traditional text-based list of directions and see a map as always, but now, if you like, you can click a Street View link and see a 360-degree look-around at every decision point in the directions.

That's all well and good. What really amazed me tonight, though, is that Google has Street View for (at least some) country roads, way out in the middle of nowhere.

Tonight I was plotting my route from Shelley's mom's house to a building in downtown Schenectady when I noticed the Street View option for the route. I clicked it, expecting just a view of the destination building, but found panoramas for the entire trip, starting at their driveway!

Someone drove up and down all these roads creating Street Views of them. Just simply amazing.

Click the Street View option for the directions: Shady Lane to 432 State St, Schenectady.

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