HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Chances are, you’ve wandered the world on Google Maps. This week, the tool left the streets and launched a panoramic access to the walking paths of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
A camera-loaded backpacker took a slow walk across the 400-acre campus.
“Google sent a trekker out to take panoramic images of the interior pathways of the campus, where the Google streetcar doesn’t go,” said Diana LaChance with UAH’s Office of Marketing and Communications.
The internet giant took their trek around campus in May and launched the Street View version Thursday, and the university hopes future students use it to ‘visit’ the campus before they visit the campus.
“It’s a great tool for the campus to have for prospective students, it’s brilliant that they can take a tour from the comfort of their own home,” said Michael Winstone, an international student in his third year at UAH. He says the new virtual tour is a great selling point for students, both domestic and abroad.
“For somebody like me who’s from England, it’s very, very expensive to fly from England to the States, so being able to get a virtual tour is incredibly helpful.”
Each pathway that was photographed was approved by campus police to protect student privacy. Google also used face-blurring technology on everyone to protect the privacy of all students, faculty, and visitors who may be caught on camera.
UAH invites you to check out their pathways on Google Maps, you may even catch their mascot Charger Blue photobombing the panoramic photoshoot.