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Google Street View Tractor rig goes on a diet, upgrades its cameras

Google Street View Project is one of the largest collections of 360 panoramas available for public use. While most images are taken with the easily recognizable Street View cars, used to collect on Street Commissions, Street View Tracks are used. Today, the Street View team announces an upgraded Trekker that has cut a few pounds and improved on image quality. The cameras on the new Trekker have a wider mixer and increased megapixel number. Tracker's back panel now has Google Maps branding, possibly to protect contributors from accusatory stares. It will not stop you from looking like a cyborg, but at least with the new design, your back will hurt less if you choose to borrow one of these from Google to contribute to the project. The Old (Left) and New (Right) Trekker Side by Side Google Street View is one of the 20% projects that have grown beyond what many may have expected. The Trusted Photographer program has helped many companies to make reviews of their facilities. When Street View was opened for user contributions, the volume increased even more. With the proliferation of small and cheap 360-degree cameras, of ever-increasing quality (Rita was recently impressed with Insta360's One X), casual VR image recording has never been available. With the release of this upgraded Trekker, the Street View library with off-road panorama will only grow faster.

Google Street View Project is one of the largest collections of 360 panoramas available for public use. While most images are taken with the easily recognizable Street View cars, used to collect on Street Commissions, Street View Tracks are used. Today, the Street View team announces an upgraded Trekker that has cut a few pounds and improved on image quality.

The cameras on the new Trekker have a wider mixer and increased megapixel number. Tracker’s back panel now has Google Maps branding, possibly to protect contributors from accusatory stares. It will not stop you from looking like a cyborg, but at least with the new design, your back will hurt less if you choose to borrow one of these from Google to contribute to the project.

The Old (Left) and New (Right) Trekker Side by Side

Google Street View is one of the 20% projects that have grown beyond what many may have expected. The Trusted Photographer program has helped many companies to make reviews of their facilities. When Street View was opened for user contributions, the volume increased even more. With the proliferation of small and cheap 360-degree cameras, of ever-increasing quality (Rita was recently impressed with Insta360’s One X), casual VR image recording has never been available. With the release of this upgraded Trekker, the Street View library with off-road panorama will only grow faster.

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