"Millions of users visit Google Maps every day to learn about new places," explains the Google Street View web site. "Showcase your business to these potential customers by signing up for a photo shoot by Google trusted photographers. The images will appear on your business’ Place page, and as 360-degree imagery using Street View technology."
Personally, we think it's a bit strange that businesses would be so keen to sign up to this service - isn't that like handing over the blueprints of your store to criminals? Let us know what you think of the new feature in the comments section below.