Apply to Use Google’s Street View Backpack Now
Are you the outdoorsy type? Love to explore new places? Now you can do that and help Google expand its Google Maps reach at the same time.
“If you’re a tourism board, non-profit, university, research organization or other third party who can gain access and help collect imagery of hard to reach places,” you can now apply to use Google’s Street View backpack called Trekker.
The backpack can be used to image more obscure places of the planet that cars, trikes and snowmobiles can’t access. The wearable backpack is outfitted with a camera system on top, and operated by an Android device with 15 lenses angled in a different directions.
As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds.
If you’re interested in taking part in Google’s pilot program enabling third parties to borrow Trekker equipment, you can apply online here and wait to hear back.