Google Street View website offers a walkthrough

Google has revamped its Street View showcase website, making it easier for people to understand the service, and also find interesting places to explore.

The site opens with an absolutely stunning image of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa and, using the Gallery tab, you can also find other notable Street View locations, such as the Museu da Inconfidência in Brazil, Half Moon Island in Antarctica and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Why you'd ever want to leave the house ever again is beyond us.

As well as exploring, the improved site also teaches you exactly how Street View works; giving you details on the vehicles that are used, how the imagery is pieced together, where Street View is available; and there's even a bit of history on Pegman - the orange chap you drag into Google Maps to enter Street View.

There's also a Privacy tab for all your Paranoid Androids out there which explains how you can report a problem you notice, or even get an image blurred.

We've heard whispers that the new site only works in the US for now, but we don't seem to be having any problems accessing it from Blighty.

Give it a visit yourself, and let us know what you think using the comments below.