On your trike for 3D view of top spots
THE inhabitants of Dublin Zoo are set to get the Google Street View treatment -- although the loss of their privacy is unlikely to ruffle any feathers.
A new custom-made tricycle will begin touring the country this week collecting street-level imagery of tourist attractions and historical monuments.
It follows Google's controversial mapping service, which uses fleets of cars mounted with cameras to create three-dimensional maps of city streets. However, Google stressed any faces or car registration plates would be blurred.
The trikes are designed to get to the places cars can't go, and have already been used to film tourist attractions such as the Palace of Versailles in Paris, Rome's Trevi Fountain, and in England, Stonehenge and even Coronation Street.
Dublin Zoo and the new Aviva Stadium will be among the first attractions to be filmed by the Google trike. Other locations will include Dublin Castle, the Phoenix Park, St Stephen's Green, Iveagh Gardens and the Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.
Google said that, as it only collects images from public roads, it will be working closely with relevant organisations to gather images of privately-owned locations.
Its cars have already collected images for Street View in Ireland, however it does not yet know when the mapping service will be available here. During the summer, the Data Protection Commissioner gave Google the green light to resume Street View after receiving assurances the internet giant would not collect personal information sent by consumers over wireless networks. Google said the information had been collected in error.