Now that Google has gotten the legislative approval for driverless cars, the company is dealing with the obvious question: What happens if the car accidentally drives you off the road and into the ocean?

Until now the company’s mapping feature has stopped at the water’s edge. But on Tuesday it launched a new feature using its Street View technology to peer beneath the waves.

Joking aside, the new feature doesn’t actually provide directions for underwater navigation. And you cannot use it to zoom into the ocean of your choice. For now it simply offers cool images of selected undersea sites.

Here’s how Google’s official blog describes the feature:

Starting today, you can use Google Maps to find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset—just as I did on my first dive in the Great Barrier Reef last year. You can also find out much more about this reef via the World Wonders Project, a website that brings modern and ancient world heritage sites online.

And here’s a video that let’s you see the new feature in action:

How long before the company tackles actual undersea navigation? That might have to wait until the company invents a submarine. So far it’s only gotten as far as this logo.

Google Street View Peers Underwater 27 September,2012Laird Harrison

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