Google Maps on Thursday began letting soccer fans dive into World Cup venues in Brazil without having to leave home.
“Whether you’re watching the games from the comfort of your couch or packing your bags for Brazil, Google Maps is your ticket to the World Cup,” Street View program manager Deanna Yick said in a blog post.
“And if you’re lucky enough to have a physical ticket to Brazil, don’t forget to pack Google Maps for mobile.”
Google mapping applications for smartphones or tablet computers include tools for finding the most efficient ways to get to games using buses or trains in host cities.
The service also features maps of the insides of stadiums, airports, malls and other spots soccer fans may want to explore, according to Yick.
Images from other potential locations of interest, such as Iguacu National Park and St. Michael of the Missions, were also added to Google Maps.
Google in April introduced a ‘time travel’ mode for Street View. Street View snapshots now include the option to see what neighbourhoods and landmarks looked like at different periods in the last seven years, as Google Inc. has been dispatching camera-toting cars to take street-level pictures for its maps.
The search giant said it intends to keep adding pictures to the digital time capsules as its photo-taking cars continue to cruise the same streets gathering updates.