Google Trekker Takes Tourists To Inaccessible, Remote Destinations

The tech company is helping people to virtually explore never-before seen geographic areas.

Google recently launched its pilot program which gives third-party organizations a chance to use the Street View Trekker, a backpack with camera equipment that can take 360-degree photos, and contribute images to Google Maps.

A post on the tech company’s blog showed what their pilot program can potentially provide for internet users, and that is to provide a virtual tour of places that most people can’t get to.

In their post, the Street View Trekker team presented a virtual tour of the Japanese island of Hashima, an abandoned island where scenes from the last James Bond film were shot.

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Hashima, which is also known as Battleship Island, used to be a coal mining facility and residential complex in the 19th century. The island became abandoned in the 1970′s and was opened up as a tourist destination in 2009. Most sections of the place are off-limits, however, due to the deteriorating and unsafe state of the buildings.

The Google Trekker team was given access by Nagasaki City to collect imagery in the areas that are normally off-limits to tourists. The team was able to capture images around the paths of the island and inside the buildings.

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Watch the video below of the Google Street View Trekker team visiting Battleship Island.

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