I’ve seen the pictures with the new feature streets view from Google Maps. I must say that I was pretty curious who and how they took them. There are two examples : San Francisco and New York City. For NYC Google use the services of Immersive Media and their VW Beatle with a 11-camera contraption on top. IM is a company licensed in making 360 degree videos.
However if we look at pictures in San Francisco they seem to be much more clear and in detail. Could it be because Google used their own van to take them?