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Google Street View trike hits Toronto streets

Posted by Derek Flack / July 19, 2011

Google trike TorontoGoogle's Street View map of Toronto is about to get an update. Over the next few weeks the company's trike — a pedal-powered contraption that allows access to places that its camera cars can't go — will be combing the city to fill in some of the blanks that currently exist on the interactive maps program.

First released in 2009, online explorers have found a number of gaps in the Toronto iteration of Google's Streetview, the most notable of which are the city's many alleyways and off-street bike and pedestrian paths (e.g. the Martin Goodman waterfront trail). Given that Google has added cycling directions to its repertoire, a "path view" feature for these harder to reach places will be a most welcome addition.

Along with helping cyclists and pedestrians map out their routes, the new information will be a boon to third party apps like Street Art View and WhatWasThere, which use the Google maps API to document graffiti and historical photo locations, respectively.

Once the nine cameras fitted to the trike have captured images of the areas in question, Google anticipates that its Street View map of the city will be updated sometime in the fall. The trike will also visit other Canadian cities over the course of the summer.

Photo by emaninTdot in the blogTO Flickr pool



James / July 19, 2011 at 02:10 pm
This guy clearly gets all the ladies.
Kieren replying to a comment from James / July 19, 2011 at 02:15 pm
Thanks for the laugh, I needed it :)
M / July 19, 2011 at 02:18 pm
How does one get that job at Google?
EarthJuice / July 19, 2011 at 02:26 pm
Its is my understanding that one needs a genius IQ to be employed by Google. I am not sure if that is a requirement to ride around on this bike. I would like to think that this young man does not understand how silly he looks.
Noogie replying to a comment from M / July 19, 2011 at 02:27 pm
I was thinking the same thing! What a job!
ife replying to a comment from EarthJuice / July 19, 2011 at 02:29 pm
he must be makin good cash
M / July 19, 2011 at 02:50 pm
The guy looks a little sad...but he gets to say he works for Google and that works for most people to go 'Wow, you must be a genius!'.
OCAD U / July 19, 2011 at 02:54 pm
We had the pleasure of working with this guy and his colleague from Google last week to film the OCAD University campus. They were terrific! They have quite a job in front of them this summer!
gury / July 19, 2011 at 03:27 pm
good luck finding a bike lane that can safely handle that beast.
MrD / July 19, 2011 at 03:42 pm
Do they sell ice cream from the back as well?
hendrix / July 19, 2011 at 06:36 pm
This is Rob Ford's nightmare.
Leonard / July 19, 2011 at 07:52 pm
He probably makes alot more cash than most of his peers. Lucky him!
Gary from Accounting / July 19, 2011 at 08:52 pm
Dude has the best job ever.
auditorydamage / July 19, 2011 at 09:38 pm
Someone check that bike for passive WiFi sniffers.

Fun job, looks like.
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