Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
When we first started Street View as an experimental project, we packed several computers into the back of an SUV, stuck cameras, lasers, and a GPS device on top, and drove around collecting our first imagery. We've come a long way since our initial U.S. launch in 2007; today we've expanded our 360-degree panoramic views to include locations on all seven continents.
The Trekker enables Street View to feature more places around the world - places no car, trike, trolley or snowmobile can access. This wearable backpack is outfitted with a camera system on top, and its portability enables us to gather images while maneuvering through tight, narrow spaces or locations only accessible by foot. Our first collection using this camera technology was taken along the rough, rocky terrain of Arizona's Grand Canyon. Learn how to be the next Trekker
When a group of art-loving Googlers wanted to take Street View technology to museums around the world, we needed to develop a system that could easily fit through museum doorways and navigate around sculptures. This first foray indoors fit all the necessary equipment onto a smaller frame: a push-cart mounted with a camera system dubbed the Trolley. It has not only collected views from inside museums, but also other indoor locations like the White House and sports stadiums.
Another place we thought it'd be fun to take the Street View cameras is on the slopes. Over a few weekends using some 2x4s, duct tape, and extra hard drives wrapped in ski jackets to endure the freezing conditions, the team was able to successfully mount the Street View equipment on a snowmobile. Skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers can now explore Whistler Blackcomb Mountain and the bumpy snowy terrain of many ski resorts around.
While we've been able to visit some beautiful places around the world with the Street View car, some of the most interesting and fun places aren't accessible by car. In order to reach some of the narrow alleyways in Europe, like those in Barcelona and Paris, a team of engineers built a tricycle-based camera system. This three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system on top automatically gathers imagery as the operator pedals along. As a result, we've shared views from locations including theme parks, university campuses, zoos, Stonehenge, and UNESCO World Heritage sites across the globe.
To share Street View imagery with you in Google Maps, the Street View engineering team is hard at work behind the scenes. Here's a glimpse into what the team is doing to bring Street View to you.
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