This week Google announced it was bringing its Street View trike to the UK to capture tourist attractions in rural locations. We've taken an in depth look at the search engine's new vehicle.

Google announced this week it planned to photograph tourist attractions in the UK that are located in rural or hard to reach areas with its Street View trike.

The three-wheeled vehicle can go 'off road' potentially photographing everything from castles to football grounds. We've taken an in-depth look at the vehicle, which has already been used in other countries, to see just how it works.

Sightseeing along the way

The trike is fully tricked out with the necessary camera recording gear, with a camera rising up from the mount at the rear. Even the trike gets to do some sightseeing at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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Packed for business

The trike is clearly identified - there's no mistaking what this trike is up to. Hope that box where the gear is stored is secured for those times its driver needs to take an espresso break.

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  1. The vehicle that hopes to photograph rural Britain
  2. Early rising (with camera)
  3. Squeezing through
  4. Skinny scout

This week Google announced it was bringing its Street View trike to the UK to capture tourist attractions in rural locations. We've taken an in depth look at the search engine's new vehicle.

Early rising (with camera)

When the trike is taken into such popular, famously pedestrian-congested areas as the Fountain of Trevi in Rome, well, it becomes even clearer how Google manages to complete its mission: It does so in the early morning hours, before most of the tourists have boarded their tour buses, and before the locals are active enough to get in the way. Note the morning light in the above image.

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Hanging with the locals

Even the Google trike needs a break during its touring day. Here, the Google trike fits right in with locals. Sort of. Since it lacks a windshield, I wonder where the driver stashes his pay and display parking ticket. (Does a tricycle even incur the same kind of parking fine as a motorcycle?)

NEXT PAGE: Squeezing through

  1. The vehicle that hopes to photograph rural Britain
  2. Early rising (with camera)
  3. Squeezing through
  4. Skinny scout

This week Google announced it was bringing its Street View trike to the UK to capture tourist attractions in rural locations. We've taken an in depth look at the search engine's new vehicle.

Squeezing through

The trike is off again, pursuing its mission to capture every corner of world, image-by-image. As the trike traverses this narrow, cobblestoned street, it goes where cars wouldn't dare.

Watch out above

But not all is smooth cruising... whoops! The trike needs to watch those low-hanging branches!

NEXT PAGE: Skinny scout

  1. The vehicle that hopes to photograph rural Britain
  2. Early rising (with camera)
  3. Squeezing through
  4. Skinny scout

This week Google announced it was bringing its Street View trike to the UK to capture tourist attractions in rural locations. We've taken an in depth look at the search engine's new vehicle.

Skinny scout

Here, as the trike winds its way through Rome, it demonstrates its versatility and manoeuvering advantage over a car on this windy, narrow cobblestone street.

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Hitting the road

Everything is in bloom, and the weather is warm... it's definitely riding weather, so don't be surprised if you encounter a Google Street Views trike rider like the one pictured above.

  1. The vehicle that hopes to photograph rural Britain
  2. Early rising (with camera)
  3. Squeezing through
  4. Skinny scout