Street View coming to Botswana


Google has added five Western Cape wineries to its popular Street View service in Google Maps and will begin collecting images in Botswana in the next few weeks, the Internet giant says in a new blog post.

The five new wineries – Boekenhoutskloof, Groot Constantia, Hartenberg, Môreson, Rustenburg Wines and Warwick – bring to 30 the number of wineries now available in Street View. Google uses specially equipped trikes and cars to take the images.

The company says it will use Chevrolet Capitva vehicles to add a range of places in Botswana, including Gaborone, Francistown and the country’s tourist and wildlife destinations. These include Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and KgalagadiTransfrontier Park.

Images collected by the cars will be processed and carefully stitched together, a technological process that can take several months. They will be made available at a later date, Google says