Google Street View heads to the Aloha State

By on June 28, 2013, 12:00 PM

Google Street View is morphing into a bit of a social butterfly as of late with notable visits to some of the world’s most breathtaking places. The company can soon check another destination off the bucket list as Google’s Street View equipment will be hitting a number of hiking trails in the Aloha State.

Through a partnership with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), Google will loan their Street View Trekker equipment to local tour guides to help map the landscape. Google said the partnership is perfect to introduce their Trekker loan pilot program.

The first phase of the program is scheduled to kick off this month and will see Google loan equipment to tourism company Hawaii Forest and Trail (HFT). This company was chosen based on their impeccable reputation, decades of experience in the tourism business and their capable staff according to Jay Talwar, HVCB’s chief marketing officer.

Tour guides will initially help find appropriate trails and provide the manpower necessary to carry the 40-pound Trekker camera pack in order to capture imagery. A team from Google Street View has been on location for the past week to help introduce the Trekker hardware to the HFT staff.

The hiking team is expected to start collecting usable images next month and wrap things up sometime during the fall. We are told that the first set of images should be hitting Google Maps later this year although an exact date wasn’t given.




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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Google Street View is morphing into a bit of a social butterfly
Oh no, don't let that happen or Street View will not be worth visiting after a few more years.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Yeah well, "everybody is entitled to their 15 minutes of fame".

In the case of street view, you get maybe at most, a minute or two. Any narcissist worth his or her mirror time, could expand that to at least 15 minutes in the constant retelling of the story.

They should come to my block. Then everybody who needs to buy crack or heroin will have the directions to get here.

Google is doing a great job of jamming its collective nose up the backsides of the rich and famous, as well as the poor and infamous.

I guess you could say they're an, "equal opportunity privacy invasion force".

They're sort of like the "Robin Leach" of search engines.......

MilwaukeeMike said:

A team from Google Street View has been on location for the past week to help introduce the Trekker hardware to the HFT staff.

A whole week? I wonder how much of that time was spent on equipment and how much time was spent at Waikiki with a mai-tai.

Guest said:

Google will have images of peoples internal cavities within 7 years.

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