Street View isn’t enough. Now Google is sending people out with cameras strapped to their backs to map the entire world. Introducing Google Trekker.
Now Google lets tourist boards map those hard to get to places via a backpack
The quest to map absolutely everything has taken another step forward with Google allowing third parties, such as tourist boards, to have a go on its Street View Trekker gear.
The search giant has launched a pilot enabling organisations to apply to use the camera kit to take 360 degree photos.
Do you want a shot at suiting up with their 40-pound gear?
Take Google Trekker On An Adventure And Help Street View Capture The World
Want to travel to an exotic location on behalf of a prestigious company? You're in luck!
Google is looking for adventurous people to take its new Street View tool, the Trekker, out for a spin. The Trekker is a backpack with a 360 degree camera attached, meant to bring Street View to places where its camera bikes, cars, trolleys, and snowmobiles can't go.
It's pretty simple to apply for a Trekker, you just have to explain the project you have in mind, give your contact information, and say whether or not you plan to help raise money for your trip. You can go it alone, or apply as part of an organization like a research group or a non-profit.
On the application, Google asks you to describe your project in detail. "Provide some detail about your proposed project, the location you want to share with the world via Street View, and why you think it’d be useful," the application reads. "Tell us what makes this place amazing, describe the type of imagery and any highlights you expect to capture, and let us know if your trip is already planned (if so, when?)."