Saturday, August 08, 2009

Business & Technology | Tricycles comb streets for Google images | Seattle Times Newspaper

Sign of the times

The three-wheeler is quite a sight with its long pole holding nine cameras, a GPS, a computer and a generator. But the contraption tooling around the French capital needs all that gear to do its job — adding three-dimensional images to Google's Street View Maps.

The U.S. company has hired two young cyclists to ride through gardens, historical sites and other pedestrian-only areas to take thousands of digital photos.

"The idea is to be able to offer 360-degree images of places that were inaccessible before," Google spokeswoman Anne-Gabrielle Dauba-Pantanacce said.

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Business & Technology | Tricycles comb streets for Google images | Seattle Times Newspaper

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