In recent months, Google Maps mapping has intensified its efforts to provide more detailed maps North Korea
and users to more exotic locations such as snowy mountains
and coral reefs underwater
via Street View. Now, thanks to the Trekker
, Google has its own backpack mounted camera, users can explore breathtaking 360 degree panoramic images on a hiking trail in the Great Canyon. A team of five people equipped walkers and accompanied by ten Google engineers walked the trails of the majestic canyon and images gathered over a period of three days. Another company called View Nature Valley Trail
mounted an expedition similar using its own camera system 360 degrees last year, but Google plans to integrate the latest images in service World of Google Maps. Each
Trekker uses 15 cameras connected to an Android device to capture full 360-degree panoramic images of scenic views around the wearer. In total, the team took panoramas 9500, covering 75 miles (121 km) of track in and around the Grand Canyon National Park. The team also recorded some well known trails and area attractions, including the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Phantom Ranch, South Rim Trail, and Meteor Crater.
The beauty of the team saw is now available to view in Street View, which allows users to explore the same trails in the comfort of their desktop. Google hopes to capture other environments that are accessible only on foot, in a similar way in the future, with thick forests of old castles.
You can explore the Grand Canyon you see on the street or watch the video below to get an idea of what to expect.