O'Reilly radar's Brady Forrest reports that;
" This morning Google gave their 2D maps an incredible realworld addition. Its a street-view, that in certain cities, will let you get a street side view of the area you are currently in. This is not just a static, A9-style image. It will also let you move along the street in a smooth manner and even more amazing it will let you change your angle and continue moving that way. This will be formally launched at Where 2.0 later today."
So where is this where 2.0? you will be able to be there by HA ! Go. Check. It. Out. Now.
According to the same O'Reilly report, Immersive Media, a company that has an eleven lens camera capable of taking full, high-res video while driving along city streets, have made this possible. Each captured pixel that is geotagged and primed for consumer use. Their main clients up till now have been city planners and the defense industry.
You can read the complete O'Reilly article here.
More technical info is here!
Update: Michael T. Jones, Chief Technologist of Google Earth has informed the author that, "Only some of the Street View data is from Immersive, but not all of it. We have our own platforms and also license data from Immersive and others. San Francisco & South Bay are collected by us at greater resolution than Immersive."
You can learn more about all of this at Where 2.0.