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Google Trikes

The Google Street View project has generated a bit of controversy in some areas it has integrated itself, while most of the time it just receives a sentiment of eye-rolling annoyance. In the UK things have been a bit more aggressive and Google has responded by asking for input from the public regarding what areas deserve more attention, and they are using a bike to help.

I’m not sure if the bike is an attempt at cultural association to ease tensions, but it’s certainly a pragmatic tool as some of the Old World streets were built before cars even existed and so are only navigable by foot or bike. The Google trike can get into tight spots to document lesser known areas of UK cities and towns.

The one thing the Google trike can’t do, however, is make trikes look cool. I mean, seriously, look at that thing.

Via Search Engine Land

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5 Comments

  1. BenzoNovember 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I’ve seen that google has added street view to some bike/pedestrian paths around the pittsburgh area, possibly using this trike. I wonder which other cities they have done this for?

  2. ZachRobNovember 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    they also have a backpack configuration. its currently deployed in the grand canyon.

  3. Dave LeeNovember 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Just wait until you yank the parking brake on an ICE trike. Feel like Jim Rockford.

  4. Velopresso « Urban VeloDecember 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

    [...] remember that recent post where I said you simply couldn’t make a trike look cool? I take that right the hell back. [...]

  5. JorgeGortexDecember 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I have to say: who cares what it looks like? Someone’s out pedaling something somewhere, and that’s what counts. Besides, something this utilitarian has to make concessions somewhere.

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