New 2016 Streetview images in Antwerp are all black

Streetview 2016 images in Antwerp

EDIT 8-18-2017: Apparently the black images in Streetview are offline now and the images from 2013 are shown again.


Google published some new images to Streetview in the city of Antwerp (Belgium) that are dated 2016, but all these images are black. Something must have gone wrong.

 

All these black 2016 images are situated around the Noorderlaan-Ijzerlaan part of the city.

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A map with the most recent Streetview capture dates per street: how to get started!

My method to create a map with the most recent dates Google captured Streetview images consists of some different steps. In short it comes down to querying Google for every point on the map if Streetview imagery exists and putting all the answers on a map. The technical explanation on how I did this, can be found below.

 

The streets layer

Because usually Streetview images are captured in public streets, I start with a layer of all streets in town. Luckily there are different data sources available who distribute this kind of data as open data.

 

I used the Road Connections Layer (Wvb) of the Grootschalig ReferentieBestand (GRB) from Informatie Vlaanderen. This layer can be downloaded free and legally from download.agiv.be. You could also use OpenStreetMap Data. More information about that you can find on wiki.openstreetmap.org

 

From the download application of Informatie Vlaanderen (formerly known as AGIV) I only downloaded the data for the area I wanted to use, but with QGIS (qgis.org) you can als perform a clip on a larger data set.

 

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