Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk getting the Google Street View treatment

Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is a portion of a press release. -J]

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk will have a new on-line presence when the theme park entertainment destination is photographed for inclusion on “Street Views,” Google Maps online mapping site, enabling The Entertainment Capital of L.A. to be “walked” virtually anywhere in the world over.

The innovative project will be accomplished via a specially-developed bicycle affixed with a sophisticated 360-degree, multi-lens spherical camera designed to take digital photographs in every direction as it carefully maneuvers the complex terrain of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park during busy park hours.

GPS and other geospatial data are collected simultaneously with the photographic imagery and integrated into Google Maps, combining with its other features such as satellite and terrain views to give an immersive interactive experience.

Google launched Street View in May 2007 with just five cities and has since expanded to cover over 200 cities across the U.S. and in eight countries. Google now features Street View for popular destinations worldwide.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:24 AM

Cool. I'd always thought it would be neat to use this for pedestrian areas. I've used it to take a look around Coney Island.

Good luck blotting out all the people though! :) I wonder if more parks will do this. Seems like a nice thing to put on your site.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:07 PM

I hope to see this at more parks.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:19 PM

Awesome!

I sometimes use street view. It really helps with directions when you make it seem like you've been there before.

This is another cool use for the service.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 7:57 AM

I wasn't sure this was April Fool's or not since there was no link to an article and there was a high percentage of technobuzz words.

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