Help Google Maps film the world with Trekker

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  • Google's Trekker program lets you backpack the world
  • The equipment will take photos to be used for Google Maps
Help Google Maps film the world with Trekker

If you have a lifelong dream of backpacking your way around the world, it may just be that Google has a solution for you.

The Google Trekker program, which is open to tourism boards, non-profits, universities, research organizations or other third parties who can gain access and help collect imagery of hard-to-reach places, could send you on your way.

While Google Maps has covered a large portion of the world already, it still has plenty more to go. The goal of the Trekker is to get footage of the places that regular vehicles can't access. Think narrow tunnels, thin ridges on the sides of a mountain or a deep crevasse.

Google's Trekker website tells us that the device is Android-operated and contains 15 lenses that are angled in different directions in order to capture a series of images. Once captured, those images will be stitched together to create 360-degree panoramas.

If you want to give it a go yourself and have the right credentials, send Google an email. Soon you could be traveling the world Indiana Jones-style (but hopefully with less traps and snakes).

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