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Google Street View arrives in its 50th country, now covers more than 5 million miles

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google maps street view car (SOURCE: GOOGLE)
google maps street view car (SOURCE: GOOGLE)

Google's latest expansion of its Street View mapping service has seen it enter Hungary and Lesotho to mark 50 countries in which the feature is now available. The company has also pushed its "largest single update" of new and updated mapping images for over 350,000 miles of roads across 14 of its supported countries, which include France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand.

In October, Google introduced imagery for over 250,000 miles of road, expanding coverage in the US, Great Britain, Italy, and Sweden, among other areas. Today's update sees the company adding more special collections to its service, which now includes popular spots like the Pena National Palace in Portugal, the Che Kung Temple at Sha Tin in Hong Kong, and the Kilkenny Castle in Ireland — all of which were captured using Google's Street View Trike.

Today's update covers 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries

Google Street View launched in 2007 in five US cities, growing to cover five million miles of the world in six years. While the company has come under fire for privacy violations — which include Google's recent settlement with 38 US state attorneys general — Street View continues to set the benchmark for on-the-ground mapping services, which its rivals are scrambling to match.