The Google Street View car is fitted with multiple directional cameras and captures panoramas wherever it goes. They haven't driven the whole world yet but have covered a lot of countries already.
If you like random Google Street View moments then MapCrunch is for you. Simply choose a country and let it offer you some moments caught on camera. Here are some other uses of Google's popular mapping tool.
When you're planning a move Street View can be great for expanding on estate agent details. While they can show you a photo of the house with Street View you can see the neighbours, what's across the road and around the corner. You can take a virtual walk around the neighbourhood and find the nearest shops or the best route to the station, all helping you make a more informed decision about visiting and saving a lot of time.
As Street View can show you your destination before you go you can feel more comfortable when you get there. You can see what's near the hotel, the best route to attractions and whether a restaurant does look good or not. And it shows you what no hotel website description ever includes.
As well as looking at your destination and planning your route, when driving you'll need to think about where to park so Street View gives you the opportunity to read those parking restriction notices on the street in advance. You can also move around and find the nearest car park so you don't waste time when you arrive.
When you need to check details for a painting or are looking for inspiration, Street View can help. Aaron Hobson has searched the mapping tool to find beautiful images of remote locations and the band Arcade Fire managed to integrate Street View technology to create a personalised music video for the viewer by entering in your home town details. You can try it here: www.thewildernessdowntown.com, just be prepared for a lot of pop-up windows and let the show happen.
It can be fun to look at all the places where you've lived or to see if the area where you grew up has changed. Maybe you're wondering what your old school looks like now or whether a favourite restaurant is still there.
Street View is great for virtual walks but do remember it's not a webcam so you can't keep a check on your house while away or anything like that.
A darker side of what's seen on Street View includes Mishka Henner's No Man's Land which shows sex workers seen in rural European locations.
More fun uses for Google Street View are bound to be found. Advertising has only just started using the technology with the British Airways campaign to take a plane down your street this summer for the London 2012 Olympics.
What unusual ideas do you have for using Street View?