After expanding one of their flagship products so that it would map the railways of Switzerland as well as highlighting the interior of buildings and businesses, you would have figured that was everything pretty much covered on their part. Well think again as Street View has now extended its coverage to the Amazon Basin, allowing users to travel down the famous rivers and estuaries.
Announcing it on their Lat Long blog, the team used their Street View trike, as it’s pretty difficult to drive a car around the Amazon basin, to capture the surroundings. The trike, which was equipped with a tripod camera with a fisheye lens, captured more than 50,000 still photos that were then stitched together to create their 360 panoramic views. As they say themselves:
“Take a virtual boat ride down the main section of the Rio Negro, and float up into the smaller tributaries where the forest is flooded. Stroll along the paths of Tumbira, the largest community in the Reserve, or visit some of the other communities who invited us to share their lives and cultures. Enjoy a hike along an Amazon forest trail and see where Brazil nuts are harvested. You can even see a forest critter if you look hard enough!”
The initiative was done to celebrate World Forest Day and was completed by members of Google’s Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams in Brazil and the U.S.. The project was completed last August and can be now viewed on both Google Street View and on the Google maps gallery.