Google Maps improves European presence, Street View hits Bulgaria and UK refreshed

Google has improved the Street View presence on its Google Maps service for several European countries. The UK has benefited with more up-to-date imagery, while many more Russian cities and villages have been added. Regions in Bulgaria are now represented in Street View for the first time.

Major cities in the UK - including London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff - now have refreshed imagery. Google has also revealed that major gaps in the coverage have been plugged, including parts of the Scottish coastline, pockets of East Anglia and parts of south Wales.

While Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been Street View-ready for a year, much of the rest of the European parts of Russia have not. Google says almost 200 new Russian regions and cities are now live on Street View, including Sochi, the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

And the Bulgarian launch is extensive, with Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna being covered. Some historical towns, such as Veliko Turnovo and Koprvishtitsa are also now available.