By Frank Michael Russell
Today in your Friday Business Break: Google is taking a trike to photograph trails and other locations for its Street View service. Silicon Valley's unemployment rate drops to 11.8 percent. Two valley men are accused of insider trading.
Google Street View goes off-road
Mountain View Internet juggernaut Google is using a camera-equipped tricycle to photograph off-road locations for its Street View service, and it's asking for nominations of places the Street View trike should visit.
"Some of the country's most interesting and fun places aren't accessible with our Street View car," Google senior mechanical engineer Dan Ratner explained today on the company's official blog.
"My day job is working as a mechanical engineer on the Street View team, but I do a lot of mountain biking in my spare time," Ratner continued. "One day, while exploring some roads less traveled, I realized that I could combine these two pursuits and build a bicycle-based camera system for Street View."
Google already has photographed California sites including the Monterey Bay Bike Trail, the Santa Monica Pier and the San Diego State University campus.
The company is accepting suggestions until Oct. 28 at www.google.com/trike for other U.S. locations to photograph - including parks and trails, university campuses, pedestrian malls, theme parks and zoos, landmarks and sports venues.
Google said it will need to work with property owners to use the Street View trike to photograph privately owned or operated locations.
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