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Hitting the road for a scenic drive can be super relaxing. Unfortunately, it’s neither a cheap, nor an environmentally friendly pastime, which both traffic and weather can utterly ruin. With Google Street View you can comfortably explore the world from your desk.

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Gaiagi Driving Simulator

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Open the site and enter the start and end point of your tour in the top left. Directions will be shown directly below and you will see your trip marked on the map in the top right.

Gaiagi Driving Simulator Set Route

When you Start the Driver mode, your progress will be shown in the satellite and map view on top, while you can enjoy the scenery in Street View mode in the bottom left. The bottom right shows either an up-close birds view or Panoramio pictures that were taken along the way.

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Gaiagi Driving Simulator

If you enjoy this tool, you should know that you can stop your tour and resume it anytime. While the simulator is paused, click on Config in the top left to play with the settings.

In case the driving simulator is a bit too resource hungry for your taste, try one of the lighter tools below.

Google Maps Streetview Player

This tool stitches Google’s panoramic street view data into a short GIF movie. At the top of the page, you can enter the start and end location of your trip. As you click Play, the route is marked on the map to the right and the images will load and start playing on its left. If alternative routes are available, they can be selected from a table below the map. You can control the pace of the timelapse and pause the playback. If you enjoy the views, you can download the images as an animated 5 Uses For Animated GIFs Other Than Annoying Memes 5 Uses For Animated GIFs Other Than Annoying Memes GIF animations aren't just for corny memes and annoying reactions (but it doesn't mean you can't use them as such). Here at MakeUseOf, we've got a whole bag full of uses for these cool little... Read More GIF GIF - The Final Word On How To Pronounce It GIF - The Final Word On How To Pronounce It With the resurgence of the Graphics Interchange Format in its animated incarnation, the HOT debate about how to pronounce that gem of an acronym has also come to the front again. There are two fighters... Read More movie.

Google Maps Streetview Player

Google Maps Street View API Driving Directions

This tool is a GMaps samples project. Enter a route in the bottom left, click Route, directions are shown on the right and — if available — you can click Drive at the bottom to be taken through the route’s Google Street View images, which will be shown on the top. You can take the timelapse movie into full screen and pan and zoom as the vehicle moves forward.

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Presently, the tool only supports Street View in the US. Although you can set the speed to fast, it is still painstakingly slow. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to adjust the route.


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Hyperlapse is a demo product. Right now you can create your own video by placing A and B markers on a Google map, wherever Google Street View images are available. Short stretches work best. Note that while the hyperlapse video unfolds, you can pan and zoom as you would on Google Maps.

Icefields Parkway Hyperlapse

Street View Traveler (Android)

The Android app Street View Traveler is a proof-of-concept to demonstrate that you can travel the world for free with Google Street View.

Click Menu, then Load to enter a place you want to visit. You can also select from a number of presets, including natural sights, European roads, or peaceful drives. In case you’re standing still, click Move It! You can speed up or slow down via the respective menu on the left-hand side. In Manual Mode you will be asked which turns to take, while in Auto Mode the app decides for you. When you get bored, click Jump! and you are transported to a random place. Clicking Jump Here! (under Menu) will take you to your device’s current location, provided it is known.

Street View Traveler

This is a great app to do online sightseeing and discover new places on your Android phone. Unfortunately, it works with a general set of popular locations only. The one feature I would like to see is being able to select a distinct route.

Where Are You Going To Travel?

As you see, it doesn’t take big bucks to go around the world. The Internet can take you places you never knew existed. And while you’re there, why not explore them; it’s almost as if you were there for real.

What did you discover with Google Maps and which auto-guided Google Street View tours can you recommend?

  1. AntOptima Sa
    August 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    @olavoemail-g1: here you have a slider for moving forward and backward, and the possibilitty of setting the speed:

  2. olavoemail-g1
    August 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Any one in which I can control precisely the speed?

  3. Olivier Singla
    August 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    You can try this:

    Driving or Riding simulation using StreetView.

    • JeffKang
      June 9, 2016 at 4:49 am

      Thanks for github
      routeplayer was only giving me street images for the beginning and ending chunks of a route.

      • JeffKang
        June 9, 2016 at 4:54 am

        Looks like =

  4. david
    May 7, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I like the gaiagi driving simulator.
    I'd like to know if it's possible to download a route, so I can use it even if I don't have internet access.

  5. street
    February 3, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    those apps are not working. hyperlapse only provides within limited areas. Try instead

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