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Google maps the Grand Canyon

On foot
Thu Oct 25 2012, 09:43

ONLINE MAPS OUTFIT Google has taken its Street View service down the rugged paths of the Grand Canyon so that you can too, from the comfort of your living room.

Having recently launched the ability to go underwater, and going down just about every road where it is allowed in the world, Google is building up a very comprehensive navigation system.

It can't just send a car down the Grand Canyon though, and flying a helicopter over the top just won't cut it, so someone is having to walk through it.

"Demonstrating the rocky and rugged paths we'll travel to make Google Maps even more complete, we're collecting imagery from a place no car, trike or snowmobile has ever been before," said Ryan Falor, product manager for Google Street View in a blog post.

"On its first official outing, the Street View team is using the Trekker-a wearable backpack with a camera system on top-to traverse the Grand Canyon and capture 360-degree images of one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on the planet."

The Trekker is pictured. If you are in the Grand Canyon and see someone wearing one, do not panic. They are not giving a robot alien a piggyback ride and they are not on their way to "Your Leader". The Earth is not under attack from lazy, blue headed robo-aliens.

"This week, photos are being gathered from portions of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, including the ridge, the famous Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and more," added Falor.

"These panoramic views will soon be live on Google Maps, giving everyone from real-life visitors to armchair travelers the opportunity to marvel at this beautiful, majestic site from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices." µ


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