Do you want to map for Google?
Google offering the chance to help map the world
Google is on the hunt for people to help map its Street View photo library.
If you work for a government agency, a research organisation, a tourism board or a university, then you could be the person that Google is looking for.
The company announced on Thursday a pilot program that lets third-party organisations borrow its high-tech Street View Trekker equipment and contribute imagery to its mapping platform. Obviously this is a way for Google to expand its coverage without having to do the donkey work; still, it's pretty cool though.
Google's Trekker backpack captures 360-degree photos of a variety of locations and landmarks, such as the Grand Canyon and Mt. Everest. It can be navigated through narrow passages and inclines, bringing users to exotic places around the world without ever leaving their seats.
The program's first partner is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), which has already started taking pictures of some of the most popular spots on the Hawaiian islands for future inclusion on Google Maps.
"We hope this imagery will be used by our partners to increase awareness and interest in their locations, potentially increasing tourism," Google said in a statement.
For now, the pilot program is open to a limited number of organizations. If you're interested in borrowing the technology and contributing to Google Maps, apply here.
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