Triathlete Documents Thailand Using Google Street View's Trekker Backpack
Since the program first launched in 2007, Google Street View's cars have covered over 5 million unique miles of road. But there are many parts of the world, like the Thai countryside, that aren't so easily documented. In order to capture more of the country's beautiful scenery, Google swapped out a high-tech vehicle for a triathlete carrying a 360-degree camera on his back, CNN reports.
Over the course of two years, Panupong Luangsa-ard hauled the 4-foot-tall Google Street View "Trekker" across close to 7500 miles of Thailand. The 15-lens, domed camera captured numerous sites including the tea plantations in Chiang Mai and the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya. All together, he provided panoramic footage of 150 new Thai locations for Google Street View.
Thailand isn't the first place the Street View Trekker has ventured. It was first used to document the Grand Canyon, and has since been brought to Mount Fuji and the pyramids of Egypt. If you're planning a trip to some place that Street View has yet to catalogue, you can apply to borrow their equipment and record it for them.
Images courtesy of Google Street View.