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Gallery: Google Street View visits Stonehenge

Google and VisitBritain have revealed the seven landmarks and attractions that will get a visit from the search giant's Street View trike this summer.
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Google and VisitBritain have revealed the seven landmarks and attractions that will get a visit from the search giant's Street View trike this summer.

The Street View feature of Google Maps already covers more than 100 metropolitan areas around the world, and was launched in the UK in March allowing people to view and navigate 360-degree street-level imagery in 25 British towns.

Google and VisitBritain asked the public to nominate top tourist spots that should be added to Street View, across five categories including castles, coastal paths, natural wonders, historic buildings and sports stadiums. More than 10,000 suggestions were received and whittled down to 16, which then went to the final public vote.

The seven winning landmarks will soon be added to Street View after receiving a visit from the Google trike.

The trike is an 18-stone (252 pound) vehicle composed of three bicycle wheels, a mounted Street View camera and a box of image-collecting hardware. It has the same capability as the Street View cars for collecting street-level imagery, and will be touring the UK for this summer.

Images collected by the trike will be processed and stitched together - a process that Google said can take several months - and then be made available in Street View on Google Maps.

Among the sites to get a visit from the trike and its hard-working rider are Stonehenge, pictured here.

Photo: Google. Captions courtesy of Steve Ranger, silicon.com.

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Other tourist hotspots to be captured by the all-seeing Street View camera include the Millennium Stadium, the Angel of the North, Loch Ness, the Eden Project and Warwick Castle. The 'wildcard', chosen by VisitBritain, is Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, selected because it "represents a hidden gem, off the beaten track".

Google said: "Now it's down to our super fit tricyclists to get cracking and photograph these places so that curious historians, students and tourists all over the globe can soon admire the country's heritage and plan their next weekend away."

Photo: Google

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Here's one of the photos from Google's Street View.

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This is the satellite view of Stonehenge from Google Maps.

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This photo shows the Angel of the North, another of the trike's targets.

Anna Pepperall, public art curator at Gateshead Council, said the angel - which celebrated its 10th birthday last year - has become one of the modern icons of Britain. "It is one of the most recognizable icons in the world and we know that it is just as loved around the globe as it is here in the North East of England. We hope these Street View photos will give even more people the chance to see this fantastic sculpture, wherever they may be in the world," she said in a statement.

Photo: Delmonti via Flickr, under Creative Commons license.

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The Eden Project will also be welcoming the trike over the summer after recently welcoming its 11 millionth visitor.

Google said, as with all Street View imagery in the UK, faces and license plates will be blurred out as a privacy measure. People will be able to report images for removal in the same way as they can now by clicking on 'report a problem' on the bottom left hand corner of the image.

Photo: Nigel Wilson via Flickr under Creative Commons license

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