Google Street View ” Trekker” Program takes to Hiking Trails
Google has announced it’s Street View program will include coverage of wilderness hiking trails. The company has reported recently that it’s outfitting hikers with 40-pound backpacks containing multi-lensed Street View cameras and sending them off to the back country.
As the database of Street View Trekker trails gets built up, people will use it to look up a particular hike before embarking on it, either out of idle curiosity or overly anal planning. Then there’s the office-chair-traveler option to “hike” a trail without ever leaving the house.
"Soon you’ll be able to take virtual strolls up and down trails in the Grand Canyon and other hiking destinations. Of course, the Internet is already full of mind-numbing, detailed video journeys through various wilderness areas. But Google’s service adds the interaction aspect, allowing viewers to click on arrows to see and zoom in on spots of special interest, ” reports Ray Stern of the New Times in Phoenix.
It’s Google’s world, we just live in it.- M. Learnmouth