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Google brings new trekker technology to Spokane

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Paul Knowles is testing out Google Trekker Paul Knowles is testing out Google Trekker
SPOKANE, Wash. -

By Caitlin WIlson

If you like to hike you'll want to know about this. Google is testing some new technology and it's happening right here in Spokane.

“It's great because it really makes these trails more accessible for people, whether you're planning to visit or looking for a new hiking opportunity,” Paul Knowles explained, he’s the volunteer testing out Google’s latest idea here in Spokane.

It’s called the Google Trekker. It’s got 15 different lenses, strapped on to a 50-pound backpack, taking in 360-degree views of trails.

Paul, an avid hiker, jumped at the chance to test out the Trekker, he says Spokane has some of the best trails around, “It has quite an amazing diversity of landscapes and experiences you can have out on the trails.”

You probably think all of this sounds a little familiar and you wouldn't be wrong, it's very much like Google Maps and their street view option, which allows you to zoom in, getting a bird's eye view of streets and buildings.

However now with the Google Trekker you'll be able to go off road, experiencing hiking trails, golf courses, and parks all with the click of a button.

Google got a hold of local tourism group, Visiting Spokane, to test out the Trekker in our area, hoping to boost tourism in Spokane County. 

For Paul though he's just excited he gets to test out the new technology that will help him plan trips in the future, “I've actually used it when I've traveled down to California, looking at parks and trails and planning a trip and saying that looks like a good spot.”

You’ll be able to check out these 360-degree views of Spokane County on Google Maps coming in February.

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