Dan Ratner, Senior Mechanical Engineer, explains, "What if you want to tour the campuses of prospective universities, scout a new running trial, or plan the most efficient route to your favorite roller coasters in a theme park? I first started thinking about this question around two years ago. My day job is working as a mechanical engineer on the Street View team, but I do a lot of mountain biking in my spare time. One day, while exploring some roads less traveled, I realized that I could combine these two pursuits and build a bicycle-based camera system for Street View. The result? The Street View trike." (Check out the video below to see it in action.)
Now that Google has a more adept vehicle for providing street-level imagery, it needs some suggestions on where it should go. At www.google.com/trike, you can suggest interesting and unique spots in six categories, which include parks and trails, universities, pedestrian malls, theme parks or zoos, and certain types of sports venues. Google will be accepting nominations until October 28, which is less than two weeks from now.