Google Street View is an amazing service which uses high resolution imagery of the actual streets we walk on everyday to give the best directions and information through Google Maps.
The service started in major US cities in 2007 and spread around the world to areas both urban and rural, even Ireland! Typically the footage is shot by a special Google car with a sophisticated series of sensors and cameras on the top, you may even have seen them around!
Initially used to supplement Google Maps, the service has expanded in recent years to include detailed images of areas which might be of more interest to tourists. Since 2012, areas like museums have been added, as well as tours of the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids of Giza and even underwater panoramas – many of which were captured with unique gear including some mounted on camels!
Now, they’re taking us to another place many of us will never get to visit in person – the Amazon rainforest. Stretching for more than 5.5 million square kilometres across nine countries in South America and the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth. The Google team captured unique angles of the forest from backpack mounted cameras and also used cameras mounted on zipwires to get above the canopy.
In Short: Google Street View’s latest project lets you step into the Amazon rainforest using special cameras and even a zipline