Street View takes Venice by foot
It has taken six years, but the secrets of Venice's watery back alleys have finally succumbed to Google Street View. Soon the beauty of the lagoon city will be available on Google Street View. Unable to bring their camera-toting car to the Italian lagoon city, where gondolas and canals stand in for vehicles and roads, the internet firm sent physically fit technicians to walk Venice's alleys wearing a backpack-mounted camera.
Google has already added the Antarctic, the inside of the White House and the Great Barrier Reef (underwater) to Street View, which was launched in 2007, but a spokesperson said Venice was considered a feather in its cap. Google previously used a tricycle-mounted camera to shoot inside parks and a trolley to get inside museums, but both methods were no good at scaling the steps over the bridges crossing Venice's canals.
In April two sturdy Google employees were each sent carrying a 1.2m tall, 18kg backpack and camera that resembles an insect's eye and sticks above the wearer's head. The images from Venice should be online by the end of the year, said Evans.
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