Google’s camera-armed Street View cars have caused controversy wherever they’ve driven – but now the search giant is to ‘go offroad’.
Google’s new Street Trekker backpack cameras will allow the search giant to explore back yards, footpaths and even the wilderness.
Describing the previous Google Maps as ‘not much of a map’, the Californian company unveiled a new technology that fits the previously car-mounted cameras inside a bacpack.
The company has already tested the cameras ‘in the wild’ – but it’s unclear as to how much of the world Google plans to explore.
‘Today, we’re taking another step forward with our Street View Trekker,’ said the company this week.
‘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.
‘Trekker solves that problem by enabling us to photograph beautiful places such as the Grand Canyon so anyone can explore them. All the equipment fits in this one backpack, and we’ve already taken it out on the slopes.’
Google Street View is banned in countries such as Germany over privacy concerns.
Google also announced a complete overhaul to the imagery on Google Maps.
The search giant has sent a convoy of planes over major cities in the world, each plane capturing advanced 3D information and detailed photographs.
The result will be a complete 3D experience of major cities across the world, allowing users to swoop and fly through replicas which are exact – with even trees getting the 3D treatment.