Google 'Business View' comes to Colorado

11:45 AM, Feb 7, 2012   |    comments
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Dr. Scott Greenhalgh says he decided to try it out so potential patients could get a sense of what his office looks like, to help ease any anxiety.

Google Business View uses the same cameras and photographic methods as their Street View project and allows Google users to pan 360 degrees around a finished image of the inside of any business or workplace.

Some worry this 360 degree imagery might make a business vulnerable to criminal activity, but Google insists the images don't capture anything different than a customer would see in real life.

Google will not take or post pictures without a business first filling out an application and consenting. Google is also blurring out the faces of people who appear in the images. 

Currently, Google Business View is only available to small businesses. The program first rolled out in London, then Paris, and now is appearing in select cities within the U.S.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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