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The Google Trike: coming to a park near you?

The Google Trike: coming to a park near you?

Word has it that Google is riding its camera-equipped trike through parks and other non-street places to expand its Street View function that allows users to see an actual on-the-ground photo of such places within maps.

According to Matt Williams, Google’s Streets View Operations Manager, “Most recently we’ve added a new vehicle to our fleet that we call the ‘Trike.’ We basically took the same technology in our Street View cars and towed them behind a 3-wheeled tricycle in a device reminiscent of an ice cream cart. The Trike lets us reach areas not accessible by car, such as hiking trails, biking trails and college campuses, just to name a few.

No word on when these pictures will come on-line. We did some short searching and could not find anything yet.

6 Responses

  1. I saw one of these about a month ago on the Burke Gilman Trail in Seattle. They look very odd.

  2. They do look odd – neat you saw one on the Gilman Trail.

  3. This will be a great addition. I can think of many times where I was yearning for a feature like this. Thanks for the info.

  4. Saw one of these about a year about in Cambridge, MA on a bike path. It wasn’t quite as polished looking as the one in the photo above, but it definitely had Google stickers on it. Perhaps it was a prototype?

  5. trekking around the country for google would be amazing. i wonder how one signs up.

  6. This has been in Victoria B .C .. Canada Thank you Google

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