Google is Loaning Out Its Trekker Street View Camera Backpacks


Google has had no issues expanding street view to some pretty amazing places. Thanks in large part to the company’s trekker backpacks, we can now visit the Grand Canyon, explore Central Park and check out the view from the world’s tallest peaks.

But the company isn’t above asking others to help expand the “off-road” street view repertoire, and so Google is announcing plans to loan out those expensive Trekkers to worthy third party organizations.



The announcement comes courtesy of Google’s Lat Long Blog. “We’re working to build the very best map of the world, and we’d love your help to do it,” says Deanna Yick, Street View Program Manager. “Today we’re kicking off a pilot program that enables third party organizations to borrow the Street View Trekker and contribute imagery to Google Maps.”

Here’s a quick ad Google has put together for the pilot program:

The first organization to get its hands on Google’s Trekkers is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), and they’ve already started hiking across some of the states most beautiful scenery, taking pictures that will soon make their way onto Google Maps.


Over the following months, Google is looking to add several more organizations to its list, and so the company has posted an online application form that any worthy “tourism board, non-profit, government agency, university, research organization or other entity interested in borrowing a Street View Trekker” should feel free to fill out.

(via Wired)

  • Matthew Neumann

    Interesting….I guess the person would have to hike solo where ever they go so as not to have another person in virtually every frame?

  • DaMan

    I think you could build something like this by using three gopro’s – I wanna know more about the software used to put it together with the maps

  • Antun

    Somebody stop google doing this. If you wanna hike, hike. Do not stare in damn screen. Not everything should be under google’s thumb!

  • Antun

    Unfortunately people are dumb by default…

  • md

    Because why pay someone to do something when you can get it done for free. This is like the CNN iReporter scam that they’ve been running for years.

  • DreadPirateZed

    So the only people allowed to check out Hawaii’s scenery are people who already live there?

  • teun

    Not to mention those people, who for whatever reason, medical, financial or other, just cannot hike to the places they like. I think this is great.

  • teatowel

    You said it

  • raiderh8r

    What about doing something good for the people who are physically unable to go to these places.