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Google’s Street View backpacks hit UK waterways

Going where vehicles cannot
Thu Aug 15 2013, 16:25

MAPPING FIRM Google is extending Street View reach places where cars cannot go by putting its cameras on backpacks and letting people walk around wearing them.

The firm has done this before, and has already sent walkers through the Grand Canyon wearing its kit. Now it is doing this in the UK.

The UK's canals and waterways are where you might spot the goonish looking Trekker cameras, worn by members of an applicable charity.

"Starting on the Regent's Canal in London this week, we'll spend a month walking the Trekker over 100 miles to capture footage of some of the country's most scenic waterway locations," said a statement at the Canal and River Trust website.

"With the Trekker designed to capture 360 degree imagery in public locations, which the Street View car and Trike can't typically reach, the narrow waterway footpaths and bridges are ideal places to trial the Trekker. Some of the previous locations it has captured include the Grand Canyon, the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa and a few of the world's highest peaks."

The 40 pound backpack is four feet tall and does look a little imposing. It will be used to build up 360 degree views of UK waterways, boats and any waterfowl present.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Canal & River Trust on such a fun project, and we hope to help boost the discovery of and make these historical canals accessible to more people in the UK and across the world through Street View technology," said Pascale Milite, an operation lead at Google. µ


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