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Google to host close-up store interior views

Google is testing plans to extend its Street View concept to store interiors, a move that would allow consumers to see detailed views of stores from their home computers.

Google users currently have access to close up views of streets across the globe. If the store interiors test is a success, the concept could be extended to give access to detailed views of store interiors.

The initial test involves 30 towns and cities in the US, Australia and Japan.

Businesses signed up to the Google Places serivce, which hosts individual pages for businesses, have been able to upload their own photos for some time but now businesses in the 30 test cities can request that Google visit them any carry out a free photo shoot of the interior of their business.

Google said in a statement: “We’ve been experimenting with this over the past few months, and now have created a site for businesses to learn more and express their interest in participating.”

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