Google Street View Now Features Off-Road Images

March 2nd, 2011 at 6:28 am

Google Street View, a feature on Google Maps that lets users view metropolitan areas in the United States and 27 other countries on a street level, now includes off-the-road locations like hiking trails, university campuses, historical landmarks, and national parks.

To achieve this, Google makes use of an off-the-road vehicle such as a tricycle mounted with cameras (pictured) instead of the usual camera cars it utilized for Street View. The tricycle weighs 250 pounds and measures 9 feet long, while the cameras on its back can take pictures from 7 feet in the air.

Although some locations are eager to welcome the trike to boost their online visibility, the question remains whether the expanded Street View would further intrude other people’s privacy.

Since launching in 2007, the Google Street View has its share of public relations nightmares as various groups around the world criticized this feature, especially after Google openly admitted that it “inadvertently” collected private data from unsecured WiFi networks as the camera cars took pictures. Meanwhile, Israel is considering whether to allow the service in the country despite concerns of terrorism.

The Google Street View tricycles may even “inadvertently” invade private property. If you do not want your property be filmed by Google, check out this page

Source: LA Times


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