Issue date: 16th August 2013
Canal & River Trust is to be loaned a Google 'Trekker' enabling the Trust to document UK canals and waterways and add the images to Google's Street View.
The Street View car and trike, neither of which can easily reach the waterways path or bridges, have been used to take 360 degree images of public locations allowing users to view a location without visiting the area. Now the 'Trekker' is to enable more remote and inaccessible places to be captured and added to Street View. Locations already added to Street View using this new technology include the Grand Canyon and some of the world's highest peaks.
CRT plans to start the task of taking images of the waterways on the Regent’s Canal before walking the Trekker over 100 miles during the next month. The aim is to capture images of key locations and features of the waterways including Standege Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Bingley Five Rise locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the blacksmith’s workshop at Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, so that people from around the world can view UK waterways.