The maps service labeled undocumented areas in order to dimensionalize the city for the 2016 Olympic Games

In time for the Olympic Games, the Google Arts & Culture Initiative has launched a project titled ‘Rio: Beyond the Map,’ a project worked on with local residents which documents life in Rio’s favelas, a place where one in five residents of Brazil lives, that means 1.4 million people don’t have an address.

The project is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Google and the local Grupo Cultural AfroReggae organization. Two years later, streets and 10,000-plus local businesses in 26 favelas now appear on Google Maps, thanks to ‘Tá no Mapa,’ our ‘On the Map‘ project. The collection includes 360° panoramas with Street View technology, some 3,000 images from photo archives and art exhibits, virtual reality tours with Google Cardboard and videos showcasing a new generation of Cariocas making their mark in the city’s cultural landscape.

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