Google Brings Street View to Hiking Trails
Google has announced that it is bringing their Street View maps to a hiking trail near you.
Going where no 40 pound backpack-mounted multi-lens video camera has gone before, Google has announced that it is bringing its Street View maps to a hiking trail near you.
"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," wrote Brian McClendon, Vice President of Engineering for Google Maps on the company's Lat Long Blog on June 6.
Called Street View Trekker, the new technology will be photographing national parks, canyons and historic places. The backpack will contain the big eyeball that hovers above the backpack with 15 cameras, a hard drive and a battery pack that will run for one or two days.
"Old Mountain Man" on Jun 13, 2012 09:29 PM
Google Wilderness Camera
Dave Frederick on Jun 13, 2012 09:54 PM
Unplug & Enjoy
"Donald Shank" on Jun 15, 2012 05:58 AM
However, I agree with others as far as the profits google will be making off of this. Is this even legal? They should pay a % of the profits back to the state or whoever owns these grounds. Then again, should the pay that back to the cities for taking pictures on their road? It's a tough argument.
FiresideChats on Jun 15, 2012 05:58 AM
"agdoc04" on Jun 15, 2012 08:18 AM
Google Street View Trekker
"Hike Ninja" on Jun 19, 2012 01:04 PM
Google Street View Trekker
In the words of Ed Abbey,
"A venturesome minority will always be eager to set off on their own, and no obstacles should be placed in their path; let them take risks, for Godsake, let them get lost sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches-that is the right and privilege of any free American. But the rest, the majority, most of them new to the out-of-doors, will need and welcome assistance, instruction, and guidance. Many will not know how to saddle a horse, read a topographical map, follow a trail over slick rock, memorize landmarks build a fire in the rain, treat snakebite, rappel down a cliff, glissade down a glacier, read a compass, find water under sand, load a burro, splint a broken bone, bury a body, patch a rubber boat, portage a waterfall, survive a blizzard, avoid lightning, cook a porcupine, comfort a girl during a thunderstorm, predict the weather, dodge falling rock, climb out of a box canyon, or pour piss out of a boot." Polemic Industrial Tourism and the National Parks- Desert Solitaire.
If people can appreciate wilderness through technology, that seems a lot less invasive then bulldozing new roads through wilderness or laying down concrete on top of an alpine meadow.
"Pika" on Jun 19, 2012 01:04 PM
"letthewookiewin" on Jul 06, 2012 10:55 PM
It must be experienced to be real. we are along with avid hikers, white water kayakers. There is so much on u tube head cams showing river trips.... but what people see there vs what I see, feel and experience are not even close to the same. same as hiking. Google creating this in no way will take what we truly experience away or even diminish it.
What could happen is lawsuits for injuries, because trails were portrayed a certain way ...and trails change. I actually don't agree with this, it will give novices a false sense!
"Weluv2hike." on Jul 06, 2012 10:55 PM