Google extends Street View service… to Antarctica

It may be in hot water over its Street View service but that hasn’t stopped Google from extending this to cover all seven continents.

The rollout now includes new images from Brazil, Ireland as well as stunning shots of the  Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island – we wonder if any of them will complain – in Antarctica and views of the famous Copacabana beach in Brazil.

The search giant has said that as the service grows it expects more people to use it as an educational resource as well as a mapping tool.

“We often consider Street View to be the last zoom layer on the map, and a way to show you what a place looks like as if you were there in person – whether you’re checking out a coffee shop across town or planning a vacation across the globe,” wrote Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering for Google Earth and Maps, on the Google blog.

“We hope this new imagery will help people in Ireland, Brazil, and even the penguins of Antarctica to navigate nearby, as well as enable people around the world to learn more about these areas.”

Google’s new Street View images can also be viewed using a supported smartphone.

Google is currently subject to ongoing investigations by Scotland Yard, the US Federal Trade Commission and European regulators for privacy breaches. Street View was banned in the Czech Republic last month and is being debated in Germany.