Google Trekker Takes Tourists To Inaccessible, Remote Destinations

Google Trekker Takes Tourists To Inaccessible, Remote Destinations

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

Leah Gonzalez
  • 1 july 2013

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.


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.


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

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