Video: Google Street Trike Visits the Detroit Zoo

Voters from across the United States picked the Detroit Zoo as the theme park or zoo they wanted to tour virtually.

The Google Street Team brought the Google Trike to on Monday and Tuesday as the result of a national contest. 

Google asked its users to submit nominations for pedestrian-only locations they'd most like to see on its popular map feature in several categories, including theme parks and zoos. More than 15,000 voters said they wanted a virtual tour of the Detroit Zoo, beating out the San Diego Zoo and Universal Studios in Florida, among others.

The Google Street Trike is a three-wheeled pedi-cab equipped with digital cameras. Google technicians spent two days collecting digital images of the zoo's award-winning habitats and attractions, both indoors and out.

The imagery will be featured on Google Maps via Street View, which allows users to view panoramic, interactive street-level imagery of parks and trials, landmarks, university campuses and sport venues around the world.

C July 20, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Wonderful video. Wish I could have gotten a bit longer look at the joey in the kangaroos pouch, while the Google Trike was in the Australian Outback habitat.
Judy Davids July 20, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Just for you C, I uploaded a longer look at the joey! Enjoy!
Eric Vogel July 21, 2011 at 03:08 AM
The video keeps stopping too much to enjoy. I tried pausing to let it cache the video like I do on Youtube but that still does not help. My connection is over 10Mbs so I know that it isn't my end.
C July 21, 2011 at 07:37 AM
Oh wow, you sure did Judy. That is too cute! Thanks much. Eric, try again, as we have similar systems. This video runs very smoothly.


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