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More Google Street View Maps

C&C Honolulu - Google Street View Last year at this time, I covered the Google Street View trike as it made the rounds at Kapiolani Community College and other campuses around town. Much like the Street View car, it's hard to miss this engineering marvel. It's an adult sized trike with a sizable multi-lens camera mounted on a mono-pod on the trike's frame. The team mapped the community colleges on Oahu and then went to the neighbor islands to map the campuses there. Between then and now, it was pretty quiet when all these maps were going to become available. Until now of course when I got word of Mayor Carlisle's press conference announcing the entire catalog of Street View maps of Hawaii. According to Product Manager, Evan Rapoport, the Street View team has been busy mapping campuses, State and City parks, recreation areas, tourist attractions and scenic spots. The press conference was held at Hanauma Bay on an off day that looked to be threatened by rain. But in the bay itself the weather was very cooperative. The City set up an Internet connected monitor to demonstrate how you would find a typical Street View map. The steps are pretty easy. First you start at maps.google.com. Then you enter in the search: Hanauma Bay. You might get several returned selections. I chose: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park, Honolulu, HI. You then drag the Google Street View man (named Pegman) over the area of interest and as you do you will see blue paths appear. Those correspond to the Street View maps. You can also grab the embed code and drop these maps into your own website just like I've done here: View Larger Map The list of Street View locations are quite numerous and this document will get you started. I also posted a bunch of photos of the event here. There was good social media representation there with Dallas Nagata, Kyle Nishioka, Greg Yamane, Russ Sumida, Tara Coomans, Jerome Koehler and Ryan Ozawa. You''ll enjoy reading their followup coverage: I was hoping that Evan would also have the Google Street View backpack on hand to demonstrate but he admitted to me that  it was too new. According to Evan, that will be Google's next phase for Hawaii. I am sure they will capture some stunning hikes.

Google Trike and the Street View Team

Google TrikeIf you keep a sharp lookout you might catch the Google Street View team driving around a campus near you. This past Wednesday I caught up with the Street View car and the specially modified Google Trike on the campus of Kapiolani Community College. A couple of years ago, the team was here mapping the main streets on Oahu with the Street View car. With the use of the Trike, the main focus is the pathways of the University of Hawaii campuses. From what I could see the image capture equipment looked similar to the system on the car. The system is mounted on a fairly large tricycle. The camera system is powered by a gasoline powered generator but the trike is purely people powered. In an email response to a question I posed about availability of maps, Google's public affairs office told me that:
Our Street View trikes have special cameras that take photographs as thee operator pedals along. Once the photographs have been taken, they go through computer processing to make them ready for use on Google Maps. This includes stitching the photographs into 360-degree panoramic images and cutting-edge face blurring technology, which helps make sure that passers-by in the photographs can't be identified and blurs legible license plates. Once we've collected and processed the imagery for an area, we add it to Google Maps. It goes without saying, therefore, that the imagery isn't real-time, and usually takes several months from when the photographs are taken until the panoramics appear on Google Maps.
The Street View team is mapping all the community colleges as well as the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus. The Google car and trike then head off to the neighbor islands to map out the UH campuses there. As I started to leave a crowd began to form around the Google Trike to snap some photos. It is an interesting time for Google. Their popularity is undeniable but places like Germany and Japan are reacting vocally against their lost of privacy resulting from the Street View images. Yesterday a Federal judge said Google could be held liable for 'wiretapping" for collecting wifi data on Street View runs. And on top of all this is the Federal Trade Commissions investigation of Google for antitrust business practices. Someone once told me, "you know you're successful when everyone wants to sue you. Just take a number and stand in line."