Finally Google Streetview has gone nationwide. I can even see my [http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=so53+4lz&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Eastleigh,+Hampshire+SO53+4LZ,+United+Kingdom&ll=50.97999,-1.407146&spn=0.002432,0.005043&z=18&layer=c&cbll=50.979988,-1.407019&panoid=IYEVQuVVJgIutZh9fpinvQ&cbp=12,204.94,,1,1.79 first house] down in Chandlers Ford when I worked at IBM Hursley, ah, fond memories.
I was just telling my dad how I use streetview when visiting new places – I generally take a look the day before, then on the day I just have a map printed out and use that. The fact that the streets seem familiar really help. Of course now I have a shiny android phone with Google maps anyway
What would be really neat is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streethawk Streethawk] style “accelerated time” drive though for directions. I don’t think you need the whole journey – generally just the end bit (or complicated junctions). In fact, just being able to find the carpark is often the hardest bit – being able to spot “ah, turn left just before the pub” would be excellent. Naturally as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality augmented reality] takes off we’ll be able to look forward to arrows overlayed on our car windscreens (or [http://www.smop.co.uk/album/2009/Bike/tn/IMG_1293.JPG.html bike helmets]).