Google Street View Trike Goes Off Road

Now that the Google Street View car has cruised around the world photographing streets in cities, towns and villages, the Street View team is looking to document places not accessible by roads. Trails, parks, campuses of universities, boardwalks, golf courses, zoos, and theme parks are a few examples of areas they want to put online for your virtual exploration. To enable them to do this, Google engineers rigged a special human powered tricycle that weighs 250 pounds when equipped with the street view camera and GPS device.

To celebrate, Google is taking suggestions for locations to go with the trike for off-road pictures to add to Street View: “Today we’re announcing the opportunity for users to directly give us their suggestions for the off-the-beaten-path & pedestrian-only locations they’d like to see featured in Street View on Google Maps. We often get requests from our users to photograph all sorts of new locations for Street View, and now we want to hear everyone’s best ideas of where to send the trike next, according to Google. Nominations will be open until October 28 and can be submitted at www.google.com/trike. We’ll then comb through all of the suggestions and allow the public to cast their final votes on a winner from each category for the Street View trike to visit. For any privately-owned or operated location, like a campus or theme park, we’ll work directly with the relevant organization prior to collecting the imagery. The trike has already contributed images to Street View in several locations, including LEGOLAND California, Arastradero Open Preserve, San Diego State University, Monterey coastal bike path, and the Santa Monica Pier“.