All Aboard Google Street View for a Float Down the Amazon

It’s only four years since Google Street View was launched and yet now for many it’s part of our everyday lives. Innovation after innovation has resulted and many of us can now see the familiarity of our local streets on Street View and visit other areas far away for a virtual look around. Have you ever thought of a trip down the Amazon though, as that is Google Street View’s next aim.

The Amazon rainforest is one of the remaining areas of the world that still holds some mystery and years of researching and mapping has taken place exploring the length of what’s probably the world’s most famous river. Along with the Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon, a non-profit organization, Google now plans to tackle the Amazon region and give us a Street View look of it, along one stretch of river to begin with. The area Google intends to cover first is a 50km stretch of the Rio Negro in Brazil beginning near to Manaus, the Amazonas state capital.

Over on Tech Crunch, sourced from the GoogleBlog, Devin Coldeway gives details of this latest Google development and tells us that the Street View trike will also be in action along the Amazon, travelling through many small villages using dirt paths and mapping its course. Images will also be used from a camera mounted on a tripod on a boat as it travels the river.

Gabriel Ribenboim, FAS project leader, said, “It is very important to show the world not only the environment and the way of life of the traditional population, but to sensitize the world to the challenges of climate change, deforestation and combating poverty,” according to BBC News. What are your thoughts on this latest Google venture? Will you be taking a virtual trip along the Amazon? Let us have your comments.