I received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.” I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions. They also took pictures of products.
Google Store Views will allow people to essentially walk into the store, off of Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at this store, and then you can click on the door to enter it, all on Google Maps. Then when you enter the store, you can wall through it.
Here are pictures of Google capturing the pictures from within the store:
Here is an embed of the Google Maps Street View of outside of the store:
I have emailed Google for a statement on this tip and I will update this post, if and when I get one.
Postscript: A Google spokesperson sent us the following statement:
We are always experimenting with new features for Google Maps. We have nothing further to announce at this time.