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Florida beaches to be available on Google Maps

The state more than 1328-km coastline will be on view on the internet next year

  • AP
  • Published: 08:59 July 26, 2013
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  • Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Photos of lorida's beaches will be integrated into Google Maps and will be available to anyone around the world with internet access

Florida’s 1,328 kilometres miles of beaches are coming to a computer near you.

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism and marketing arm, begins a four-month journey Wednesday to capture 360-degree images of the state’s beaches.

These photos will be integrated into Google Maps and will be available to anyone around the world with internet access.

Two-person teams were trained by Google Map experts to capture the images. The teams will walk about 80 kilometres of beach each week with a backpack that has a camera system on top. The camera has 15 lenses, angled in different directions, so it can capture a complete picture of a location. The images are then stitched together into a 360-degree panoramic photo.

Officials say the images will be viewable on Google Maps next year.


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