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Google Brings Street View to Hiking Trails

Google is bringing its image-mapping technology into the wilderness. On June 6, the company announced on its blog that it is sending a new Street View Trekker device into the backcountry. The 40-lb., 15-camera, backpack-like gizmo has been built so that people can wear it while hiking, or skiing, just about anywhere.

Here's part of the announcement from the Google Blog:

Today, we’re taking another step forward with our Street View Trekker. You’ve seen our cars, trikes, snowmobiles and trolleys—but wheels only get you so far. There’s a whole wilderness out there that is only accessible by foot. Trekker solves that problem by enabling us to photograph beautiful places such as the Grand Canyon so anyone can explore them. All the equipment fits in this one backpack, and we’ve already taken it out on the slopes.

If this looks familiar, that may be because you saw news of Nature Valley's similar apparatus for recording National Park trails. You can check out their trail view now on Something tells us it won't be able to match Google's new effort.

To view the Amazon Rainforest, the Swiss Alps, Shark Bay in Australia, or any other of the world's most amazing places, check out Google Street View.

H/T: Jeremy Spencer

—Joe Spring

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