Getting the go-ahead from countries with strict data protection laws, such as Germany, will be difficult. Google says that the new scheme was "on a completely voluntary basis", said a company spokesperson. "We hope to enable businesses to highlight the qualities that make their locations stand out through professional, high quality imagery", a spokesperson said.
Google will initially invite business with high search hits to participate as part of the new scheme to be visited by the company's photographers.
Google Maps still remains one of the company's most popular products, behind its web search and its Gmail free email service. Google Maps launched in February 2005, and Street View in 2007.
The service has not gone by without controversy, however.
The UK's data protection agency, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) told Google earlier this year that it must "improve its privacy policies", after Street View cars inadvertently collected unencrypted data packets from home and business wireless networks.
Germany has been highly critical of Google's imaging service, with its government insisting on an opt-out service. The Czech Republic flat-out banned the service from operating within the country. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission ended its inquiry into wireless data packet collection, late last year.