Google Street View Hyperlapse is an experiment by Teehan + Lax labs and can be, when applied to the right parts of the world, stunning.
Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest – has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.
Essentially you pick a focal point and draw a line on the map. The view will remain focused on the focal point whilst your point of viewing moves along that line. It works best with relatively straight roads.
It’s a very clever use of Google Streetview and they get bonus points and two thumbs up for making the source code available on Github.