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Google Maps Camera-Toting Teams Map Florida Beaches

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- One step at time, camera-toting crews are walking all 825 miles of Florida's coastline to capture the views for Google Maps.

Google has partnered with Florida's tourism agency, Visit Florida, to create Florida's vast beach view.

A two-man team began walking from the Florida-Alabama border in late July. The duo will finish mapping Florida Panhandle beaches this month. Then they skip over to the state's Atlantic coast and move south before meeting up with another two-person team that will finish the walk the rest of the way around Florida's coast in coming months.

Florida leaders are applauding the project and say it will be a good way to entice visitors to the many pristine beaches that make tourism the state's leading industry.


Associated Press Release

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's 825 miles of beaches are coming to a computer near you.

Visit Florida, the state's tourism and marketing arm, begins a four-month journey Wednesday to capture 360-degree images of the state's beaches.

These photos will be integrated into Google Maps and will be available to anyone around the world with Internet access.

Two-person Visit Florida teams were trained by Google Map experts to capture the images. The teams will walk about 50 miles of beach each week with a backpack that has a camera system on top. The camera has 15 lenses, angled in different directions, so it can capture a complete picture of a location. The images are then stitched together into a 360-degree panoramic photo.

Officials say the images will be viewable on Google Maps next year.


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