Google Street View Employs High-Tech Tricycles for Hard-to-Reach Places

Reader Jason Whitney spotted a Google-branded, camera-equipped tricycle in his local San Diego, CA bike shop. But it's packing a generator and about eight cameras—what kind of muscle-bound man-monster can pedal this thing?

Google Street View Employs High-Tech Tricycles for Hard-to-Reach Places

Google Street View Employs High-Tech Tricycles for Hard-to-Reach Places

The trike features a number-pad in the center of the handlebars, presumably to control the cameras (dangerous while riding!). We're not really sure what advantages the pedal-powered vehicle would have over a car, besides possibly a smaller footprint, allowing it to reach alleys or park paths. Mostly, we're just impressed that anybody short of a Tour de France competitor has the strength to pedal it; it must weigh a ton! [Thanks, Jason!]