Google tricycle mapping Paris streets

The three-wheeler with long pole holding nine cameras, a GPS, a computer and a generator. Arthur Poirier, a Google employee is riding on a camera-equiped tricycle, records images for Google's Street View Maps in front of the Grande Arche de la Defense, outside Paris, Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. The U.S. company has hired two young cyclists to ride […]

The three-wheeler with long pole holding nine cameras, a GPS, a computer and a generator. Arthur Poirier, a Google employee is riding on a camera-equiped tricycle, records images for Google's Street View Maps in front of the Grande Arche de la Defense, outside Paris, Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. The U.S. company has hired two young cyclists to ride through gardens, historical sites and other pedestrian-only areas on the three-wheeler to take thousands of digital photos. The riders, wearing Google tee-shirts and white helmets, are visiting well-known sites such as the Chateau de Versailles, west of Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg on the city's Left Bank or Les Halles, in the busy center of the French capital. "The idea is to be able to offer 360-degree images of places that were inaccessible before.," Google is to map Paris until Aug. 20, then head to the north of the country. In the fall, the tricycle goes south, Google spokesperson Anne-Gabrielle Dauba-Pantanacce said.