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Google recruits Street View mapping volunteers

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Google is looking for adventurous people to help map the world's not so easily accessible areas.

The pilot project enables travellers to borrow Google's Street View Trekker and "take it to amazing places around the world that they know and love."

The Trekker is Google's answer to areas its usual mapping instruments -- cars, bikes, snowmobiles -- can't access.

Made to be a wearable backpack, the Trekker has a camera on top.

An Android device operates the 15-lenses angled in different directions, allowing for images taken every 2.5 seconds to be "stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views," according to Google's Street View site.

Google first used the Trekker to Street View Arizona's Grand Canyon.

The company is looking for tourism board, non-profit organizations, government agencies, university groups or research groups to pitch locations based on upcoming trips.

If Google likes the idea, the company will lend out its Trekker equipment so the group can take photos with it on their journey. The photos will later be incorporated into Google maps.

What area of the world would you like to see Google map on Street View? Would you volunteer to take the Trekker and add to the project?

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