Google Street View project is one of the largest collections of 360 panoramas available for public use. While most images are included with the easily recognizable Street View cars, it is used to collect Street View Trekker purchases for off-road collection. Today, the Street View team announces an upgraded Trekker that has cut a few pounds and improved image quality.
The new Trekker's cameras feature wider aperture and increased megapixel count. The tractor'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 decide 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 businesses review their businesses. When Street View was opened for user support, 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), random VR image capture has never been available. With the release of this upgraded Trekker, Street View's library of off-road panoramas will only grow faster.