Google calls upon travelers to expand Google Maps coverage

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Google’s legendary street view cars can be found capturing panoramic shots on any street in America, trying to compile photos for Google Maps.

The cars, with their tall spherical cameras sitting a few feet above the hood, capture panoramic photographs that allow users to get a street level view from any location the car has visited.

Now, Google is trying to expand its coverage as it attempts to enlist the help of trekkers to reach spots that no car, bike or snowmobile can reach.

The travelers will be issued a Google Maps backpack from Google, which will capture shots as they traverse the landscape of their choosing.

Last January, Google showed its backpack when it unveiled “streetview” for the Grand Canyon, which features thousands of shots from the trails in the area.

The 42-pound backpack contains a 15-lens camera that takes 360 degree pictures every 2.5 seconds. Additionally, the system is utilizes Android, Google’s mobile operating system.

Interested parties can apply on Google’s website and the participants can be a part of an organization or be independent. Additionally, trekkers are free to travel anywhere provided they receive proper permission.

Last week, Google’s team of street view explorers captured UConn’s campus in Storrs using its technology on bicycles.

Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Matt McGee

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