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Google Street View Trekker Maps Deer Creek Trails

Press Release

May 15, 2013

Midway – As part of its effort to create a comprehensive, accurate and useful map of the world, Google’s Street View Trekker team captured 360-degree imagery Monday of Utah’s Deer Creek State Park.

“Utah’s connection to outdoor recreation is critical to our unparalleled quality of life and a robust economy,” said Lt. Governor Greg Bell, speaking from the 7.5-mile Deer Creek Trail on the western hillside of Deer Creek Reservoir. “We want Utah’s outdoors to be accessible to residents and visitors, and this program will provide access like we could have never imagined. Soon, people across the world will be able to go online and see – in 360-degree panoramic vision – the beauty that we have right in our backyard.”

Geography students from South Summit High School and community members from recreation groups, including Friends of Utah State Parks, Mountain Trails Foundation and Wasatch Mountain Club, joined Google and Lt. Governor Bell to launch the Utah Trekker project.

“This tour is part of Google’s commitment to Utah,” said Google’s Charlie Hale. “Last month when we announced Google Fiber in Provo City, the nation saw Utah’s innovative and technologically savvy spirit. Today, they’ll also see the area’s natural beauty with this new imagery from Deer Creek State Park.”

Street View Trekker is Google's latest innovation in mapping technology – it combines a backpack and a Street View camera – so the millions of people who use Google Maps around the world can experience local treasures like Deer Creek State Park.

The Street View Trekker weighs approximately 40 pounds and stands about 4 feet tall. When worn, a camera system – with 15 lenses pointed in all directions – extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders and takes photos every 2.5 seconds. The Trekker allows Google to map locations that are inaccessible to vehicles, like parkland and trails through narrow or challenging terrain.

Today’s tour through Deer Creek State Park is a follow-up to the Trekker’s initial hike through the Grand Canyon.

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