Google Tricycle Snaps Views Of College Campuses

A pedicab-like vehicle with an 8-foot-high camera is rolling around the walkways at the University of Pennsylvania to collect 360-degree views for the "Street View" feature of Google Maps.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has been using car-mounted cameras to capture images from roadways. Human-powered trike will cover pedestrian-only areas like college campuses and parks as well as hiking and bicycling trails.

Officials say the photos will allow prospective students to get a good feel for the campus. They will let incoming students map out routes to classes and let alumni fondly remember their school days.

Street View, now in more than 100 cities worldwide, has faced some privacy complaints from individuals and institutions that have been photographed.

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  • by CMH on Jun 21, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    ECU is one of the ugliest campuses in the country.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jun 20, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    Street View is great. Next time you're planning a trip, use Google Maps for your directions, then click the camera icon at each turn to see a 360° view of the turn's area. Maybe backtrack a little to get a better look at landmarks. I've done this a couple times, and when my wife asks if I'm sure I know where I'm going, I sound like a local explaining. And then I come to the turn and it's just like I saw online. This feature needs to be on GPS receivers and cell phones doing the same. It is truly one of the best uses of the Internet. The article mistakenly makes Street View sound more obscure than it is. Greenville, Washington, Chocowinity, and even Grimesland all have it. Ayden has it. Kinston has it. It was only a few cities at first, but now it's everywhere but a few less-traveled roads, private roads, etc. Oh, and Pirate, Bing is nothing to worry about. Google's the best at what they do for now. Spying? Please. Google Earth and Maps and the same services at MSN and Yahoo do more.
  • by Pirate Location: Williamston on Jun 20, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    Maybe the folks at GOOGLE should start worring about "BING" and spent less time trying to spy on private citizens!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 20, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Google Street Veiw is cool. Most everyone that I have seen that happened to get photographed had the faces blurred out so you couldn't identify them.Vehicle tags and some street signs are blurred out also.So where's the privacy issue?

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