Can’t make it for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Google is ready to help you out. The Israeli government has asked a team of experts to work with Google to make Street View available for Israel. The statement not only comes counter to other countries, like Germany, which considers Street View to be an invasion of privacy. It also runs counter to earlier Israeli policies, which were based on the premise that Street View would make it easier for terrorists to plan attacks on specific targets.
Googlemobiles may soon be making their way through Tel Aviv traffic, and winding their way through Jerusalem’s maze of side streets. What remains to be seen is how it will make its way through contested areas, like East Jerusalem or the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. Even more challenging will be how Google negotiates the stairs and winding alleyways of the Jerusalem’s Old City’s streets—a popular tourist attraction, but one that is far from car friendly.