New Google Street View Cameras Will Fuel AI Assistants

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Wired reports that the cameras Google uses to create imagery on its Street View service have gotten their first upgrade in eight years. Those units record images of stores, road signs, and other objects at the side of the road in incredible detail--and information gleaned from the data will feed Google's ever-hungry machine-learning algorithms. New 360-degree cameras allow users to upload their own panoramas to Street View, and the company hopes cities and other organizations may do the same to keep things fresh. All of that data will be indexed by Google's algorithms--so who knows, maybe one day, a handwritten "sorry we're closed today" sign might stop a wasted journey for a sandwich.