Technology Google has enlisted British volunteers to take Street View snaps of the country's waterways with its 40lb camera backpack. Sounds heavy, says James Vincent
It's been used to map some of the world's most extraordinary and remote locations, from the Grand Canyon to Mount Everest, and now Google's special Street View backpack is coming to a wet bit of Britain near you.
With its sphere of 15 cameras taking 360 degree photos every 2.5 seconds, the Trekker weighs 40lbs and is used by Google to create Street View images in remote locations.
Now, in its first visit to the UK, it will be mapping the country's canals and waterways. The backpack will be worn by - presumably rather strong - volunteers from the Canal & River Trust, who will walk more than 100 miles a month through England and Wales to capture these heritage sites.
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Canal & River Trust on such a fun project, and we hope to help boost the discovery of and make these historical canals accessible to more people in the UK and across the world through Street View technology," says Pascale Milite from Google.
Starting from London's Regent's Canal the Trekker will take in some of the UK's Seven Wonders of the Waterways, including the longest, deepest and highest canal in the country - the Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. …