Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Google Trikes

Google builds Street View trikes to map UK footpaths

To advance its Street View service this summer, Google is poised to unleash the unstoppable power of human legs.

Traditionally, the average motor car finds it problematic to traverse the terrain of the British footpath. But bicycles do not. So this summer, Google will deploy bikes mounted with its 360 degree Street View cameras to map areas of Britain inaccessible by its fleet of Street View cars.

The so-called Google Trike, which the company describes "a mechanical masterpiece comprising 3 bicycle wheels, a mounted Street View camera and a very athletic cyclist in customised Google apparel," will arrive in the UK to make some "special image collections".

It comes as little surprise that Google is turning to pedal power to advance its controversial mapping agenda. History has shown that the human leg is an often untapped behemoth of energy, having in the past powered generators, submarines and, of course, deep space hair dryers aboard Red Dwarf. The Gtrike will hit Italy's inaccessible areas first, before hitting UK footpaths later this summer.

Via Cazzbo

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