Google Street View Goes to the Grand Canyon

Soon, there'll be no reason to go out of the house anymore. Google has taken its immensely popular Google Street View further off-roads (mind you, it has already used trikes and snowmobiles, and it has even gone underwater).

Now, Google Street View is coming to the Grand Canyon:

The search giant now has brought its all-seeing eyes -- mounted for the first time on a backpack -- down into the Grand Canyon, showcasing the attraction's most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other walkways. [...]

"Any of these sort of iconic, cultural, historical locations that are not accessible by road is where we want to go," said Ryan Falor, product manager at Google.

Google announced the trekker earlier this year but made its first official collection of data this week at the Grand Canyon. The backpacks aren't ready for volunteer use, but Google has said it wants to deploy them at national forests, to the narrow streets of Venice, Mount Everest and to ancient ruins and castles.

Link (Photo: Rick Bowmer)

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