Be Han Solo With Google Street View's Millennium Falcon POV
It is now completely acceptable to exclaim "Punch it, Chewie!" from your desk at work, thanks to a new custom version of Google Street View. The technology allows users to see the world from the cockpit of Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader's TIE fighter, or Luke Skywalker's X-Wing, while sound effects and music from the Star Wars franchise play through their device's speakers.
The Star Wars Street View map automatically takes you to see Big Ben as if you're commanding the Millennium Falcon, the Atomium building in Brussels if you choose Vader's TIE fighter, and Times Square in New York City if you're an X-Wing kind of pilot. Still, with some manual maneuvering, you can see any location in the world that is accessible with Google Maps. Popular Science reports that a fan is responsible for the modified interface, which might explain why it's a little difficult to use the map (there is no search function) and why the graphics of the cockpits are relatively basic.
Ahead of the December 17 opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Google recently launched its own Star Wars-themed app modifications, which include sound effects, lightsaber icons, and updates to the vehicles and icons in Google Maps.