Yick explained how Google uses mapping camera systems, with 15 cameras taking pictures simultaneously. These images are then pieced together in a panoramic-like format. These cameras can be attached to cars, pedestrians, snowmobiles, and bikes. This allows for the collection of media from many different terrains, and the ability to update 6,000 different sites in the world. Recently, Google rolled out the Trekker program, which allows people to check out a backpack equipped with the mapping cameras and take it on their own adventures to expand Google’s Special Collections. These cameras are connected to two large batteries in the Trekker backpack that weighs approximately 40 pounds. To put these innovative creations to use, Google has launched the Google Trekker Loan program. People or organizations can apply for this program, and if chosen, they’re trained on how to use the technology, and then work with Google to choose travel destinations.

We want to create a virtual mirror of the world online...showcasing images of the world’s beauty not only helps educate people, but also boosts knowledge about conservation of these pristine places.

What surprised us the most was the number of people working at the offices, and the never-ending divisions dedicated to one website. Within the Google Maps division alone, there are many employees. Yick hopes in the future, the Street View Project will collect imagery from people around the world and share these with people who are unable to be there. She hopes to photograph more national parks and make time lapses of locations in the future.

“We want to create a virtual mirror of the world online,” Yick said.