Google’s Street View trike heads for Stonehenge


The survey, devised with tourist information service, VisitBritain, asked the public to submit locations in five categories: castles, coastal paths, natural wonders, historic buildings and monuments & sports stadiums.

After receiving more than 10,000 location suggestions, more than 35,000 votes were cast for the sixteen finalists.

The six tourist attractions that received the most votes, plus a special 'wildcard' location, will all be visited by the trike this summer.

The trike has the same capabilities as the Street View cars, and the images it collects will later appear in Street View on Google Maps.

The six winning landmarks are spread throughout the UK: Stonehenge, Millennium Stadium, Angel of the North, Loch Ness, Eden Project and Warwick Castle.

The wildcard – Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland – was selected by VisitBritain because it represents a hidden gem, off the beaten track.

The Street View feature of Google Maps is already available in more than 100 metropolitan areas around the world. It is also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile.

Street View imagery was launched in the UK in March, allowing people to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery in 25 British towns.

The launch of Google Street View was initially met with shrieks of outrage from privacy brigades in the US and Europe, prompting Google to put in place safeguards to avoid privacy violations, including the blurring of any faces and vehicle registration numbers captured in Street View images.

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