Google Introduces ‘Time Travel’ Feature For Street View

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Roads? Where you’re going, you don’t need roads. Just a mouse.

That idea drives Google’s new street view feature, which allows users to peruse historical imagery dating back to 2007.

Starting today, interested parties can look up a spot like, say, the rapidly-growing Capitol Riverfront in D.C. (near Nats Park), and see what it looked like seven years ago versus what it looks like now. Chances are, they’ll be surprised by the huge changes made in less than a decade.

A Google news release offers the site of the devastating 2011 tsunami in Onagawa, Japan and the newly-complete Freedom Tower in New York City as other examples. You can also see what different landscapes look like during different seasons.

Google encourages people to explore the “digital time capsule” by simply clicking the clock icon in the upper left hand corner of their street view screen — no DeLorean required.

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