If you are a tourist or research organisation, an university or some other institution that has access to interesting places and is willing to capture them for Google’s various mapping projects, you are now eligible to apply for a piece of the equipment that Google uses to map out geographic objects for Maps and Street View. It’s the Trekker backpack, first used to capture the Grand Canyon for Street View.
The backpack weights around 20kg and is controlled through an Android device. Its camera contains 15 lenses pointed at different directions, whose combined image produces a 360-degree view. The camera shoots every 2.5 seconds.
When applaying (at this address), you’ll have to specify why you want to travel, how you want to help Google and whether you have the means to access the places you are going to visit.Source: ARSTechnica