Google has begun piloting a new program that lets organizations borrow the Street View Trekker to capture and share imagery places to Google Maps, where cars can’t reach.
“For the first time ever, this program will enable organizations to use our camera equipment to collect 360-degree photos of the places they know best — helping us make Google Maps more comprehensive and useful for all,” google stated. “This program is part of our ongoing effort to make it possible for anyone to contribute to Google Maps.”
“With 360-degree interactive imagery of the islands, people all over the world can see and explore the beautiful islands before they go, including some remote and hard-to-reach places they may never have discovered on their own,” google adds. And, “this imagery will be used by our partners to increase awareness and interest in their locations, potentially increasing tourism.”
If you’re a tourism board, non-profit, government agency, university, research organization or other entity–interested in the program, can apply through this form.
Google says it will open up this pilot program to a limited number of other organizations around the world in the coming months.