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Google Street View Trike

Google Street View Trike captures RIT campus

Posted at: 10/11/2010 9:43 AM | Updated at: 10/11/2010 2:35 PM
By: Lynette Adams |

Google TrikeStudents may have noticed some unusual visitors on the RIT campus today. The search engine Google sent a specially equipped tricycle to Henrietta.

The tricycle is equipped with nine directional cameras. it cruised around campus today taking street level pictures of rit. the photos will provide a continuous 360 degree view of the campus and will be featured in Google’s prestigious street view gallery.

RIT won a Google contest for the honor. It received 30,000 votes.

Soon, people interested in the university will be able to click on Google or RIT’s website and get a virtual tour of the campus.

Bob Finnerty of the Rochester Institute of Technology said, “The fact that we’ll have this on our website when its all finished, and the fact that they’ll be able to do a virtual tour of RIT whether they’re in California which is where we have a high number of applications from high school students, Texas and of course when they come to visit campus it will all make sense for them.”

This is an honor for RIT, a technological university, to partner with Google.

Only a few other campuses like Boston University and San Diego State University are featured in the street view gallery.

Some of the other winners in Google’s spring contest: Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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