Google Street View snaps Amazon Basin reserve

Google has taken Street View pictures of Brazil's Rio Negro Reserve and put them online, including pictures of local villagers, and forest.Over 50,000 pictures of the reserve, including the village of Tumbira, were taken using a Street View tricycle mounted with surveillance equipment, and a stills camera with a fisheye lens, according to a Google blog post on Wednesday.

Google has taken Street View pictures of Brazil's Rio Negro Reserve and put them online, including pictures of local villagers, and forest. Over 50,000 pictures of the reserve, including the village of Tumbira, were taken using a Street View tricycle mounted with surveillance equipment, and a stills camera with a fisheye lens, according to a Google blog post on Wednesday. The pictures were stitched together for 360 degree views of the area.

"Many areas of the Amazon, including Rio Negro Reserve, are under the protection of the Brazilian government with restricted access to the public, so we hope that this Street View collection provides access to this special corner of the planet that many of us otherwise wouldn't have the chance to experience," Karin Tuxen-Bettman, project lead for Google Street View in the Amazon, said in the blog post.

In March, Google was fined €100,000 (£87,000) by French privacy regulator CNIL over Google Street View, after its camera cars were found to be collecting personal Wi-Fi data.