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Google Street View Wants You to Direct New Tricycle Imager

ScuttleMonkey posted about 5 years ago | from the less-than-two-weeks-to-aim-the-crosshairs dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Google is taking suggestions for where you'd like to see the new Street View Trike go. Your favorite park, hiking trail, zoo, school campus hangout or outdoor mall could be going online thanks to Google Street View's new 250 pound tricycle, complete with camera and GPS. According to the press release: 'The Street View trike began as a 20% project by Daniel Ratner, a Senior Mechanical Engineer on the Street View team. "I began thinking about building a bicycle-based Street View system after realizing how many interesting places around the world — ranging from historic landmarks to beautiful trails to shopping districts — aren't accessible by car," says Dan. "When I'm riding the trike, so many people come up to me and ask where it's off to next or how they can get imagery of their favorite spot, so I can't wait to see what our users come up with."'"

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I know where it can go.. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773005)

TO HELL!

Hahah. I'm funny.

Re:I know where it can go.. (2, Insightful)

PDX (412820) | about 5 years ago | (#29774895)

The idea I had was to install it on all garbage trucks. The garbage truck goes down the street twice the images would mainly be early morning shots with only light traffic.

Famous Parks (2, Interesting)

Sebilrazen (870600) | about 5 years ago | (#29773007)

Amsterdam - Vondelpark.
New York - Central Park
etc.

Re:Famous Parks (5, Interesting)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | about 5 years ago | (#29773331)

New York - Central Park

I actually just saw one of these guys today at Rockefeller Center:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spike666/4017224220/ [flickr.com]

Re:Famous Parks (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | about 5 years ago | (#29774163)

The driver seems particularly vulnerable to English hicks and their pitchforks.

Re:Famous Parks (2, Insightful)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about 5 years ago | (#29774449)

Why do parks? There are millions of images of the more famous parks, tens of thousands of less famous parks - and the rest, everyone who cares about them, already have images.

How about driving it to places in the news - current events places. Phillip Garrido's home would be high on my list. Open the gates, and scope it all out. Drive around the block, through the neighbor's back yards, get everything.

I can come up with more - anyone who can't simply doesn't read the news. Screw those parks.

What Next? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773009)

Street View Fist so we can see the view up the arse of Brin and Page?

SDSU (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 5 years ago | (#29773011)

Whoa, there's an awesome streetview of San Diego State University [google.com] in there!

I wonder if the camera is sensitive enough to see the classroom overcrowding, herpes under the skirts of sorority sisters, and traces of cocaine on the Homeland Security [sdsu.edu] majors' noses!

Re:SDSU (2, Interesting)

rm999 (775449) | about 5 years ago | (#29773439)

Re:SDSU (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773583)

I like this one better

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&layer=c&cbll=32.775852,-117.07178&panoid=DdCGuMJzJOh7VmC9kd_AZQ&cbp=12,356.73,,2,6.88&ll=32.776017,-117.071772&spn=0,359.98513&z=16

Re:SDSU (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29774047)

MOD parent up.

Re:SDSU (1)

Alarindris (1253418) | about 5 years ago | (#29774453)

I don't get it.

Re:SDSU (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 5 years ago | (#29775317)

I wonder if the camera is sensitive enough to see the classroom overcrowding [highbeam.com] , herpes [lastblogonearth.com] under the skirts of sorority sisters, and traces of cocaine [cnn.com] on the Homeland Security majors' noses!

^ Look harder. ^

Re:SDSU (2, Insightful)

wal9001 (1041058) | about 5 years ago | (#29775609)

Saw them on Penn State main campus in June, but last I checked we didn't have street view available yet.

http://imgur.com/kq2WY [imgur.com]

Easy Answer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773017)

The girls locker room of course...

Re:Easy Answer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773089)

My basement, it's the only place that I go...

Stalking (2, Funny)

Romancer (19668) | about 5 years ago | (#29773029)

Let's send it to that stalked ladys house: Amber Duick
Toyota emails will have nothing on the Google trike showing up in her back yard.

segway? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | about 5 years ago | (#29773033)

So when do we get the Google street view segway?

Re:segway? (1)

Idbar (1034346) | about 5 years ago | (#29773361)

The bike sounds like a good idea, and I believe several people could benefit from helping Google and doing exercise.
On the other hand, I believe the large load of the trike is batteries for long autonomy. A Segway would help to drain those batteries.

Re:segway? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29774057)

or Google Bombs Away - attach a camera to one of the bombs/missiles fired from the drones in Afghanistan so we can watch innocent Afghanis being killed at their wedding parties.

Re:segway? (0, Flamebait)

Shakrai (717556) | about 5 years ago | (#29775241)

so we can watch terrorist scum being killed

Fixed that for you.

Perhaps Biden is less paranoid ?? (3, Interesting)

AxDx (1184351) | about 5 years ago | (#29773059)

Number One Observatory Circle, Washington D.C.

Places not to go (4, Insightful)

cromar (1103585) | about 5 years ago | (#29773075)

Your favorite park, hiking trail, zoo, school campus hangout or outdoor mall could be going online thanks to Google Street View...

All of my favorite places (especially hiking trails) would be way on the bottom of my list of things they should photo. Call me selfish, but a lot of my favorite places are places I can go to get away from people, and I'd like to share them as little as possible :)

Re:Places not to go (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773093)

I say the first place we should go is this guy's hiking trials.

Re:Places not to go (3, Funny)

Tellarin (444097) | about 5 years ago | (#29773477)

I say the first place we should go is this guy's hiking trials.

To see he not complete them or something? :-P

Re:Places not to go (1)

selven (1556643) | about 5 years ago | (#29774233)

Hiking trials? What kind of dystopian justice system is that?

Re:Places not to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773517)

I would say send it into a lake, but Google will probably have a mini submarine out any day now that can photograph the bottom of Lake Michigan. I'm with the parent, Google is rapidly taking over everything. Google is becoming the boogeyman that everyone thought the government was going to be with TIA.

--
+1 Conspiracy Theory

Re:Places not to go (1)

city (1189205) | about 5 years ago | (#29773945)

Agreed. I would like to formally invite the Trike to the Pacific Northwest landmarks on a dreary, grey, rainy day (such as today). It's terrible up here! May I suggest you streetview through the SDSU campus if you want to find someplace pretty. God knows the women there are better looking... **off to the SDSU streetview to look for hotchicks**

Re:Places not to go (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | about 5 years ago | (#29774013)

Well, if google street view takes photos of your hiking trail, maybe I'll just spend an afternoon walking through it online instead of bumping into you.

I'd like to send it to a local shopping street.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773077)

where it'd get impounded as cycling is prohibited.

Perhaps they'd have the damn thing crushed......

Confession: I smell my farts. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773155)

It's true- I'll waft them up to my face, or fart on something then smell that. I've noticed a difference between smelling farts off my fingers and farting into a towel and smelling that. I prefer the towel. Sometimes, right before I take a shower, I'll wipe my ass with a towel or my underwear to smell my butt-perfume. I frequently pull the covers over my own head when I fart between the sheets. Oh, and I love the smell and frequency of my hangover farts. I love leaving my room for a few minutes and coming back to smell my still-lingering farts hanging in the air. To me its kind of like climing out of the swimming pool, getting in the hot tub for a few minutes, then going back into the pool. If I want to fart without making a lot of noise I'll reach into my pants and hold my buttcheeks apart with my fingers so the gas can leave my asshole unobstructed. it actually makes a very audible "pssssssssssssss" sound. Like if someone was in earshot but they couldn't see me, they would probably be wondering if i was farting with my fingers in my ass.

Sometimes if I'm in public I'll find "discreet" ways to indulge my fart-sniffing penchance. For example I'll try to pass gas as quietly as possible, then discreetly fan my thighs open and closed so the gas is wafted up to my face.

Re:Confession: I smell my farts. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773311)

Are you saying the trike should go to New Jersey?

Interesting (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773169)

This is interesting!
www.freebieshark.com

area 51 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773177)

nuff said.

Amsterdam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773217)

the De Wallen district perhaps, at around 22h00 ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Wallen [wikipedia.org]

the grand canyon (4, Interesting)

mydots (1598073) | about 5 years ago | (#29773243)

how about a mule rig with all the cameras climbing down (or up) the grand canyon.

Almost a Good idea (3, Funny)

swanzilla (1458281) | about 5 years ago | (#29773261)

According to the press release: 'The Street View trike began as a 20% project by Daniel Ratner, a Senior Mechanical Engineer on the Street View team.

Maybe if they would have leveraged Dan more than 20% for this project, he could have put together a collection method that didn't involve a 250 pound trike.

Re:Almost a Good idea (2, Informative)

silent_artichoke (973182) | about 5 years ago | (#29773329)

It's Google's "20 percent time" [google.com] .

We offer our engineers “20-percent time” so that they’re free to work on what they’re really passionate about. Google Suggest, AdSense for Content and Orkut are among the many products of this perk.

Re:Almost a Good idea (2, Insightful)

eln (21727) | about 5 years ago | (#29773489)

We offer our engineers "20-percent time" so that they're free to work on what they're really passionate about.

So apparently Dan is really passionate about making interns lug a 250-pound tricycle all over creation. Dan must be some kind of sadist.

Re:Almost a Good idea (1)

Eevee (535658) | about 5 years ago | (#29773963)

250 pounds? (That's 113 Kg for everyone else.) Bah! In Europe, they use cargo bikes for delivering all sorts of heavy loads such as furniture. I've seen advertisements for front-loader trikes that carry 500 pounds...that's on top of a bike that is likely to weigh 60 to 70 pounds itself.

Re:Almost a Good idea (1)

kramerd (1227006) | about 5 years ago | (#29774397)

To be fair, my bike weighs 190 lbs, with me on it.

Re:Almost a Good idea (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | about 5 years ago | (#29774393)

So apparently Dan is really passionate about making interns lug a 250-pound tricycle all over creation. Dan must be some kind of sadist.

On the plus side, it will give fodder for a new College Humor Original [collegehumor.com] .

Re:Almost a Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773369)

And then we could strap it into some roller coasters!

Anyone got a favourite?

Helmet cam anyone? (1)

jjoelc (1589361) | about 5 years ago | (#29773267)

I'm waiting for the DIY open source hardware helmet-cam that ties in with streetview... Then things will get really interesting!

Re:Helmet cam anyone? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 5 years ago | (#29773693)

Google's Tinfoil hat. Giving a new spin to the "don't do evil" motto.

A few ideas (2, Interesting)

onyxruby (118189) | about 5 years ago | (#29773287)

The Riverwalk in San Antonio, an old school public works project that is off limits to cars. How about some of our nations landmarks that have been closed off to traffic? There are countless trails and bike paths in Minnesota with wonderful scenery. Basically find any place that is a famous landmark, assume that can't drive in front of it and that's a place you should visit.

Re:A few ideas (1, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 5 years ago | (#29773333)

The riverwalk's river is caked with duck shit and the pathways are cluttered with unscrupulous ethnic merchants trying to hock cheap shit up the asses of giddy uniformed basic training grads and their fat, ugly girlfriends.

But as far as Texas goes, yeah, the riverwalk is a pretty nice.

Re:A few ideas (2, Informative)

onyxruby (118189) | about 5 years ago | (#29773869)

Walk past the tourist trap part and you'll find a pretty decent park that is well worth seeing of it's own right. Problem is that most people don't go past the tourist trap portion and have a warped view of the riverwalk.

One idea that comes to mind. (3, Funny)

Dak_Peoples (591544) | about 5 years ago | (#29773309)

The main corporate Microsoft Campus.

brilliant! (4, Funny)

elloGov (1217998) | about 5 years ago | (#29773319)

Playboy mansion

How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773373)

30,000 feet. Open plane door. Push trike out. Remember to remove rider first.

Further enhancements (2, Funny)

Animats (122034) | about 5 years ago | (#29773423)

This is just the beginning. Next up,

  • Google SecurityView - security cameras can be fed into Google, and will appear as live inserts. Total coverage of all 7-11 and Starbucks outlets.
  • Google AndroidView - all Google Android phones will take pictures of their surroundings when not otherwise busy, to be loaded into StreetView.
  • Google HiRes - updates to StreetView will all be with the newer high resolution cameras, replacing the low-rez images still up for many older locations.

Re:Further enhancements (1)

martas (1439879) | about 5 years ago | (#29773925)

And, of course, Google MosquitoView - every blood sucker in the world will be genetically engineered to have offspring with tiny antennas that upload everything they see to Google. Africa, of course, will have the best coverage, and a lot of exciting shots of children getting malaria that will soon kill them. Oh, the possibilities for real-time betting games...

Shortest path != least effort (3, Insightful)

benjamindees (441808) | about 5 years ago | (#29773427)

One feature that I think would be really useful, for biking especially, is to be able to find the "flattest" route between two points. Around here, they have been converting old railroad rights of way into bicycle paths, which is nice because they are extremely well-graded. But I'm not even sure where many of them are. I would probably bike more places if I knew I would only have to contend with as few hills as necessary to get there.

Does the tricycle (or the street view car) collect altitude data as well as latitude and longitude? Would it even be theoretically possible to add this in the future?

Re:Shortest path != least effort (1)

choongiri (840652) | about 5 years ago | (#29773879)

You mean like this? http://cyclevancouver.ubc.ca/ [cyclevancouver.ubc.ca] Yes, google really should do something like that as an integrated feature of google maps. (As useful as that tool is, it sometimes tells you to bike sideways off bridges.)

Re:Shortest path != least effort (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | about 5 years ago | (#29774531)

Interesting, I was biking last week and thinking of the same exact thing. Developing a google maps application that finds the path between two points that requires the least amount of energy expenditure.

The Moon. (1)

lkcl (517947) | about 5 years ago | (#29773431)

i'd like to see the trike sent to the moon. and stay there.

a web site with remote control options, like that guy who allowed people to control his 2x2 grid of christmas lights over the internet, would be icing on the cake.

Obligatory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773435)

"Your moms house, you can see me coming out of it with a very satisfied look on my face"

In a Canoe (5, Interesting)

lazarus (2879) | about 5 years ago | (#29773457)

Throw the thing into a canoe and start mapping waterways. Some of the most amazing scenery in the world is only accessible by water (still). If people saw it on-line perhaps they would be motivated to rent a canoe or kayak and get out on the water.

Practically, that thing won't fit in a canoe (unless it is a voyageur canoe), you would probably need the camera mounted on some sort of steadycam, and your going to have to pay attention to battery life. But I think that would be a very cool project.

Re:In a Canoe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773647)

Especially if it actually fell in the water

Re:In a Canoe (2, Funny)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 5 years ago | (#29774091)

Throw the thing into a canoe...
GoogleMoses?

Re:In a Canoe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29774179)

My canoe can easily take on 250 pounds of cargo, load it up I'll be happy to paddle every inch of Vancouver's shorelines.

Re:In a Canoe (1)

Maniacal (12626) | about 5 years ago | (#29774307)

Google StreeView - Grand Canyon

I think you're on to something.

Re:In a Canoe (1)

greenlead (841089) | about 5 years ago | (#29775049)

This is pretty much what I was thinking. Perhaps a series of cameras on a line between the canoe and a blimp overhead to capture as much detail of the walls of the canyon as possible?

Re:In a Canoe (1)

Alarindris (1253418) | about 5 years ago | (#29774469)

If people saw it on-line perhaps they would be motivated to rent a canoe or kayak and get out on the water.

I'm sorry I don't share your sentiment, but the last thing I want is all my cool hiking trails and canoeing spots full of people, families, whiny kids, garbage and commerce.

That's where I go to get away from them!

Nobel (1)

Mana Mana (16072) | about 5 years ago | (#29775481)

D00d!! That's brilliant. I get a feel for what you suggested by using Google sat view, but your idea is Nobel-winning good.

One way "streets" (0)

somejeff (825047) | about 5 years ago | (#29773499)

I'd like to see the trike take pictures as it goes off Niagara Falls.

Perth, Australia (1)

Kris_J (10111) | about 5 years ago | (#29773573)

All around the bike path network of Perth, Australia. And I'd like the job of riding it 'round them.

Google should do this for better privacy (1)

rent (66355) | about 5 years ago | (#29773659)

Google should do this:
Develop a special sign / sticker that you can stick on your property - it will work kind of like a robots.txt file but for your home.
Then your home should be blurred out from Street View. Also, your home address should not be searchable via Google Maps.
Perhaps the sign / sticker could have special options which allow you to customize what to blur out.. eg. blur out the windows only, blur out the car / garage only, etc.

Re:Google should do this for better privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773931)

Hey, cool! Dick Cheney's on Slashdot!

Re:Google should do this for better privacy (1)

Alok (37687) | about 5 years ago | (#29773953)

There is already a robots.txt equivalent for houses, I believe its called a 'wall' - earlier some of the Street View images were being taken from a height above most walls but iirc there was some protest and Google lowered them so that the cameras can't accidentally peek over fences etc.

I don't see why an address shouldn't be searchable via maps (of any kind). Hmm - it would be interesting to know if people consider an address to be 'owned' by the house owner as well, or a public label (like lat/long coords etc.) which just happens to be related to your private property.

Re:Google should do this for better privacy (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | about 5 years ago | (#29774207)

An address is a label attached to a geographic location.

You don't own the coordinates to your house so why would you own the address?

Re:Google should do this for better privacy (1)

Q-Hack! (37846) | about 5 years ago | (#29774337)

At least here in the US, owning a home means you are in the public record. As noted by all the junk mail I receive.

     

Re:Google should do this for better privacy (1)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | about 5 years ago | (#29774429)

Perhaps the sign / sticker could have special options which allow you to customize what to blur out.. eg. blur out the windows only, blur out the car / garage only, etc.

Blur out the tasteless landscaping that would dissuade potential homebuyers from coming to your open house? Selective blurring to increase property appeal... I like it!

Re:Google should do this for better privacy (1)

SkyDragon (1642677) | about 5 years ago | (#29774759)

Yep, you should be able to block you address from being searchable, that way I can assume anybody who can find my house is at least intelligent enough to search for the house numbers on either side. One way of ensuring a higher class of visitor. P

No, they don't. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about 5 years ago | (#29773687)

> Google Street View Wants You to Direct New Tricycle...

No, they don't...

Nickerson Gardens, Watts (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29773743)

I would suggest taking the trike for an evening spin through Nickerson Gardens in Watts. I think even my fellow privacy advocates would be supportive of such an expedition.

The Appalachian Trail (1)

Artifakt (700173) | about 5 years ago | (#29773799)

It doesn't sound like the 250 lb. trike could actually make nearly the whole journey, but it could photograph some stretches adjacent to where the trail crosses roads or skirts towns, at least. There are even a few places in the Smoky Mountains national park that come to mind, where the AT's grades are light and the trail moderately broad, so the cam could photograph some of trail markers, places where other Smokies trails cross, join or split, and some of the hiking shelters, for a few practical uses in helping AT hikers plan.
    Then maybe in a few years, there will be a lighter, more maneuverable system to do more. Eventually, there could be trail photos for all the National Parks, at least for the most major routes.

Re:The Appalachian Trail (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about 5 years ago | (#29774253)

> Eventually, there could be trail photos for all the National Parks, at least
> for the most major routes.

That will be sad.

Re:The Appalachian Trail (1)

VikingBerserker (546589) | about 5 years ago | (#29774305)

They could get by with less. What if they just took panoramic views from the peaks of mountains? From there they could include other points of interest, like outcropping or waterfalls, etc.

I'd like... (1)

Leuf (918654) | about 5 years ago | (#29773837)

..them to quit screwing around with all this stuff and just get my road on the darn map. It's been five years. Please?

no thanks (1)

Mishotaki (957104) | about 5 years ago | (#29773927)

when i go off on a trail, i'm there to enjoy the view... making the effort of going to see the view makes the view beautiful...

we all saw pictures of the Everest, why are prople climbing it to see the same damned thing?

Seriously google... (1)

tengeta (1594989) | about 5 years ago | (#29773933)

Do not send this thing through a college, in 5 minutes you'd have to call the school and make a claim that 12 drunk students stumbled upon the RoboTrike and stole the damn thing.

why not add more views of the street? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29774111)

seeing as it googls street view, how about finishing all the streets before you get involved in things that arent streets? i live on maui, hawaii, and theres not a single street view picture of the entire island. just a thought though

Old Faithful? (1)

wowbagger (69688) | about 5 years ago | (#29774115)

How about some natural landmarks?

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Craters of the Moon National Park, ID

Then there's a couple of just neat places:
Big Brutus, West Mineral, KS
Castle Rock, Quinter, KS
the Bonner Springs Renaissance Festival Park, Bonner Springs, KS

And one really obvious one:
The Playboy Mansion

Playboy mansion (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about 5 years ago | (#29774227)

The playboy mansion, obviously. But what catagory to put it under.

open API? (2, Interesting)

drDugan (219551) | about 5 years ago | (#29774269)

I'd really like to see Google open the API so anyone can upload 360 degree image sets and add to the mapping collection.

Inside and on top of buildings, police stations, museums, libraries, schools, government offices, cemeteries, amusement parks, rivers, caves, airports, ports, national parks, trails, lakes, campsites, businesses, military bases, people's homes, backyards, front yards, hospitals, casinos, daycare centers, bars, strip clubs,...

I say, let's post online detailed maps and images of everything and every single place possible, then give it all to one company to share back to us with ads. This is where these efforts will lead. Oh, wait, that doesn't sound as good (er, not evil) any more.

I'm not sure - but is there a way to use all these images in applications that are not Google? Could others have a license to create a 3D first-person environment simulation of the real world if there were enough stitch-together images or 3D camera imagery? Would Google allow this?

Re:open API? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about 5 years ago | (#29774995)

> Would Google allow this?

It might be interesting to watch Google's lawyers argue that driving a camera truck involves creative expression...

Re:open API? (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 5 years ago | (#29775013)

Check out Open Street View [openstreetview.org] .

So it's human powered? and weighs 1/8 ton? (1)

onemorechip (816444) | about 5 years ago | (#29774379)

Then I'd suggest:

Tioga Pass (elev. approx. 10000 feet)
Pike's Peak (elev. approx. 14000 feet)

Increase Google Traffic... (1)

drmemnoch (142036) | about 5 years ago | (#29774517)

From the file of Capt. Obvious....

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. During Mardi Gras.

Niagara Falls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29774539)

But please, rather than a tricycle, use a better equipment [niagarafallslive.com] .

Re:Niagara Falls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29775139)

That guy on the jetski is awesome. Too bad his parachute didn't open.

How about the rest of the streets Google missed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29774585)

I live in metropolitan Australia and Google has missed a fair few streets in their attempt to map. Before doing bike paths and the like how about they actually finish the work they started doing?

better idea (1)

roesti (531884) | about 5 years ago | (#29774737)

It would be cool to have Street View images of places that aren't already accessible on Google Maps, but I've got a more fundamental question.

Why aren't these places on Google Maps already?

The best way to see my suburb is on foot, via a network of footpaths for pedestrians and cyclists. Not one of these paths shows up in Get Directions on Google Maps. Your favourite park or hiking trail is already walkable, and who knows, it might even be useful - even if it's not as cool as riding a trike through Legoland and calling it work. Besides, I'd rather know it's there and walk through it myself.

Of course, I'm sure it's only a matter of time; they've probably been thinking about this ever since they added the Walking and Public Transport options to Get Directions. In the meantime, I'll just have to settle for cutting a third off my travel time - and the satisfaction of knowing something as a local that Google Maps didn't find out as a tourist. :P

Univerity of Waterloo (1)

hey (83763) | about 5 years ago | (#29774861)

So close

  The Front Entrance [google.com]

but so far.

Google trike's proposed first stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29775089)

My humble suggestion: I move that Google's new "privacy enlightenment tool" be first directed right up the south end of a north bound Daniel Ratner.

Some pics of ... (2, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about 5 years ago | (#29775283)

... the Appalacian Trail.

Gov. Sanford tells me its beautiful this time of year.

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