Google lets you zip through the Amazon jungle (Thinkstock)
Google lets you zip through the Amazon jungle
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Google wants show you what it's like to zip through trees. Right above the Amazon jungle. That is in South America.

The images were released in 2015. They add to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's digital maps.

The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic views of cities and neighborhoods. They are photographed by car-mounted cameras. But Google also has found creative ways to depict exotic locations. Even where there are no roads.

In its foray into the wilderness, Google teamed up with environmental protection group Amazonas Sustainable Foundation. It is more widely known as FAS. They wanted to explore a remote part of an Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Google Inc. lent FAS its Trekker device. It is a camera that is mounted. The apparatus originally was designed to be carried like a backpack. Hikers can carry it as they walk on trails.

FAS, though, sent the Trekker down a zip line. Google is renowned for going out on a technological limb. But even this project made the company nervous at first, said Karin Tuxen-Bettman. She oversees Google's Street View partnerships.

The setup required FAS workers to tread through the rainforest. They needed to find a place where they could string the zip line. That's so the Trekker wouldn't bump into tree trunks and branches as it zoomed through the thick canopy. FAS workers found just enough room to erect a zip line. The Trekker's trip went roughly 65 yards.

"If a partner comes to us with a crazy idea, we will probably try it," Tuxen-Bettman said.

Google developed the Trekker camera in 2012. Since then, the device has been dispatched on other unusual journeys. The Trekker went scuba diving in the Galpagos Islands. It took underwater photographs of the preserve. And it traveled on a dog sled in the Canadian Artic. There it photographed the tundra.

Google's Street View feature has raised privacy concerns through the years. Its photographs have occasionally captured images of unsuspecting bystanders. They might have been engaged in embarrassing activities. Or near places where they didn't want to be seen. Cars carrying Street View cameras also secretly vacuumed up emails and other personal information from 2007 to 2010. They were being transmitted over unsecure Wi-Fi networks. That sparked outrage and legal action around the world.

Privacy issues shouldn't be an issue in any of the photography taken by the zip-lining Trekker. Birds and insects are the only visible forms of life in the pictures it took.

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Why is Google willing to pursue crazy ideas? How does Google benefit?
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COMMENTS (24)
  • CooperK-Sua
    4/08/2015 - 11:44 p.m.

    Recently Google just made a new feature where you can see the amazon jungle. They are having more crazy ideas about how they could use technology! I think that Google is willing to pursue more crazy ideas so that they can make a lot of money. I think that they also want people to know that they are the first ones to think of it. The reason they are able to take chances like this is because they already have a lot of money. Their ideas help us by letting us know where these places are and what they look like. I think Google is very creative and they are good at looking into the future.

  • NicholsE-Sua
    4/09/2015 - 12:19 a.m.

    Why is Google willing to pursue crazy ideas? How does Google benefit?
    Google Is willing to pursue crazy ideas Because The Google are thinking crazy because there is fun and different ways to see whats in the rain forest and jungle wan't people to see different things from people that study this.Google benefit by using cameras for under ground pictures so they can see whats happening in the ocean. Allot of scientist are willing to take picture from car mounts to see and study the thing there trying to see in the rain forest or jungle. That my reasons why Google willing to pursue ideas.

  • HocogJ-Sua
    4/09/2015 - 12:45 a.m.

    They are pursing their ideas by making their thoughts different than the other websites. One way they can get more is by getting more workers. Another way they can improve is to do different things to make the company stronger. Something else that can help them with their ideas to never give up on what you want to do. These things will help them with their crazy ideas.

  • ShecklenZ-Sua
    4/09/2015 - 02:08 a.m.

    Google wants to purse crazy ideas because they want to try new things and they want others to try new things.

    Tuxen-Bettman said they will try crazy things if a partner comes to them with it.

    Google wanted to show you what it is like zip lining through trees.
    Workers have to go through the rainforest to find places to put the lines.

  • KerrF-Sua
    4/09/2015 - 10:19 a.m.

    Google is willing to try crazy new things. I think that because if the idea works out, Google will make a lot of money. People will search and like Google. And then they would be more into Google. My crazy idea is that Google should make a phone.

  • FrankE21-Cla
    4/13/2015 - 12:18 p.m.

    Whoa Google is hardcore now that iv`e seen it i never even knew that Google was really like you know.
    And how google has the ability to go under water i thought that it was just a website good job google.

  • kylemwmsteam1
    5/08/2015 - 12:30 p.m.

    That is cool that they went to the rain forest. I always wanted to go there. I think some time my family might go there and go for a hike.

  • garettr-mit
    10/10/2017 - 10:11 a.m.

    so they can get more people to use google which benefits there publicly.

  • garettr-mit
    10/10/2017 - 10:12 a.m.

    Because if they do then more people will use google which benefits the publicity

  • jerikok-mit
    10/10/2017 - 10:14 a.m.

    It would help people to further understand the world, and it would benefit google because they would make more money.

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