Google recently introduced the Google Street View Partner program in Japan which allows people to share their otherwise inaccessible locations with the world.
Google's policy prevents them from photographing on private property, but by becoming a Google partner the landowners give Google permission to photograph their site and make it available on Google Street View.
In order to photograph ancient alleys and confined temple sites of Japan Google has been forced to abandon the Street View Car and adopt the Google Street View Bicycle!
View a video of it in action here. Seems its use involves more pushing than cycling.
Seems now word of this has got out it being called the Google Tricycle or Google Trike, which is what I would have gone with if I actually cared about semantics.
May 15, 2009
Google Street View Bicycle
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
Day Job, Software Developer.
Writing code and stuff, for games and things.