Your town’s streets, small alleys in Spain and even underwater, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View specializes in taking you places you want to see.
And now it’s added a new wrinkle. Street View is going to show hiking trails of the Grand Canyon. The company mounted cameras on a hiker’s backpack and sent them down into the canyon this week in its first-ever attempt at gathering data by walking.
The effort is part of Google’s attempt to use Street View to provide visual access to the great places of the world. Launched in 2007, Street View provides 360-degree views of cities, parks and more than 3,000 other places in 43 countries. The company’s staff and volunteers have mapped more than 5 million miles over the last five years.
The latest effort comes as a contrast to the recent troubles that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had with its mapping feature in the latest release of its mobile operating system, iOS 6.
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