Google is mapping the Liberty and Ellis Islands for its Street View imagery, which will be available in the coming months.
Google, the world's largest internet search company, has treated armchair explorers with various places through its 360 degree panoramic Street View maps. Now, the web giant is mapping the Liberty and Ellis Islands on Google Maps where tourists and visitors can get a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty. In the coming months, Liberty and Ellis Islands will join other world heritage sites that are available for viewing from the comfort of your home.
According to a New York Times report, it took a long time and a lot of complications before Google finally got permission to map the two popular islands in New York harbor, which are operated by the National Park Service. The mapping project started last Wednesday and will provide 360-degree images of the island as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty.
"For the first time, Liberty Island will be available for people to explore through Street View in Google Maps," Daniel Sieberg, a Google technologist who accompanied Alberto Elias in mapping the two destinations, told NY Times. "So whether you're a tourist or a New Yorker or someone who just wants to see it up close, in the coming months everyone will be able to take a tour of the island and appreciate the statue's history and beauty in 360-degree imagery."
Google's set of Street View equipments include a tekker, which makes it easier to capture images from places that can be reached only by foot, cars, a rolling cart called the trolley, trike, and snowmobiles, the report added. The project was started back in 2007 and has since captured images from 57 countries by covering more than a million miles across the world.
Google has mapped renowned wonders of the world such as the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, Burj Khalifa, underwater in the Great Barrier Reef, various zoos from around the world, more than 100 ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, and many more.
Recently, Google also mapped all the World Cup stadiums in Brazil. The Street View gallery is expanding and will add several more places for the pleasure of viewing.