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Google claims that time travel is possible. You may not yet travel back in time and look at the dinosaurs up close but Google is claiming that by using its Street View service, you can at least get an idea of how a street or monument looked a few years ago.
The search giant has gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.
In some cases, where the area has significantly changed in the last few years, the new Street View feature offers incredible insight. For example you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
The feature, which will be available to Street View users on personal computers, can be accessed by clicking a clock icon on the top left notification bar in a Street View web page. While users in India can explore different regions of the world or even some famous India monuments and historical Indian sites using Street View, the feature doesn’t yet covers Indian roads. Google in 2011 started photographing Indian streets in Bangalore but the exercise was stopped after government officials raised security-related reservations.