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Google Scanning Stuff Where Cars Fear to Tread

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Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
3:53 am

What happens when you want to scan everything in the world and streets are too narrow for cars? Invent a scanning tricycle!  That’s what Google did.

A recent PCWorld article describes the Google Trike:

In 2009, Google introduced the Google Trike, a 250-pound, 9-foot-long, 7-foot-high bicycle equipped with the same terrain-charting cameras that deck out its Street View cars. The idea behind the Google Trike is to scope out locations where cars can’t go, such as parks, trails, university campuses, pedestrian malls, zoos, and other landmarks.

Now Google has released loads of new images taken from the Trike, such as the Château de Chenonceaux in Civray-de-Touraine, France and the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. The pictures are accessible through Google Street View.

This short video shows how it works. Just think what a great workout you would get if this was your job.

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