Voting Underway for Next Location Mapped on Google Street View

Nov 23, 2009 1:42pm

ABC News on Campus Reporter Toby Phillips blogs:

Five universities are vying for the chance to be the next campus mapped by Google Street View.

Google maps has been recording 360-degree horizontal and 290-degree vertical panoramic street level views since 2007. For areas not accessible to Google street cars, the company more recently created the Street View "Trike," a bike that has cameras mounted to the back, and can easily be ridden around a park, a zoo or a college campus.

Currently Google has mapped major cities but they've only had the chance to visit a couple of universities. And they're letting the public decide which one will be next. 

Arizona State University, Rochester University, Michigan State University, Princeton University and Stanford are all in the running to have their campus featured along with nationally known locations like Central Park in New York, or the San Diego Zoo out in California.

Google is touting the Street View program as a quick tour-guide for college campuses.

"Freshmen could easily study what all the campus buildings look like, and your family could get a better sense of your new home," Google wrote on its Google Student blog.

The five-school voting list took shape after Google received nearly 25,000 suggestions as to where Street View should go next, according to the Street View web site.

Voting ends November 30th. To vote for your favorite university or other national landmark, visit:

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