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This article was published on October 16, 2009

Google Street view coming to a street near you: on a bike…

Google Street view coming to a street near you: on a bike…
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

Founder & board member, TNW

Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

Dan Ratner, a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Google Streetview recently decided to combine his hobby (mountain biking) and his work to build a bicycle-based camera system for Street View. He ended up developing what he calls “The Street View trike”. He uses it to map bike tracks and other hard to reach places for Google Streetview cars.

So if you now a great place (US only for now) where Streetview is not available yet and you think it should be you can now suggest them at www.google.com/trike for the following categories: Parks & Trails, University Campuses, Pedestrian Malls (e.g., outdoor shopping areas, boardwalks), Theme Parks & Zoos, Landmarks, Sports Venues (e.g., golf courses, racing tracks, stadium grounds).

Check out the “Trike” in action: