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How Google Street View uses snowmobiles and camels to capture images around the globe

A WIRED video about Google Street View

A video from Wire shows us just how Google Street View has circled the planet hundreds of times over the last 15 years.

What was originally a 500-pound piece of machinery on top of a van is now a set of high tech cameras atop snowmobiles, backpacks and, yes, even camels. This has allowed tons of more places to be showcased on Google Street View — like tight corridors and alleyways that cars can’t drive through, and underwater at the Great Barrier Reef.

Now, they even have algorithms that automatically blur peoples’ faces and car license plates. Google’s newest Street View camera weighs less than 15 pounds, and it can be mounted to any vehicle.

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