Google Trekker Snaps 9,500 Grand Canyon Panoramic Pics For Maps

Armchair exploring just got a lot more intrepid.

Wish you were here? That’s the Bright Angel Trail, which has now got its very own panoply of panorama photos in Google Maps. It’s one of 9,500 images of the Grand Canyon that Google has added to its mapping service–more scree view than Street View, it has to be said. The shots go hand in hand with last year’s underwater pictures taken at seven locations all over the world, thrilling explorers everywhere. And who could forget the Black Marble?

None of these shots would have been possible without the hiker’s version of Google Street Cars, Google Trekker, which the firm unveiled to the world last June. Essentially a backpack with a panoramic camera attached to it–think large fluorescent green golfball and you’re almost there–but what we’re thinking about is this: Where in the world do we want Google Trekker to go next? The Himalayas, perhaps? Or what about somewhere a bit more forbidden, like North Korea? Or One, Infinite Loop, Cupertino? Your picks in the comments, please.

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