Google Street View visits Notre Dame

Author: Paul Murphy

Google Street View tricycle

On Wednesday (Aug. 10), Google sent a Chicago-based team to Notre Dame to add to its collection of campus Street View images. A tricycle and car equipped with Google’s cameras worked to capture all sidewalks and roads in and around campus, as well as Notre Dame Stadium.

“Their reaction to campus on first glance was great,” said Chas Grundy, Notre Dame’s director of interactive marketing who served as project manager. “They were checking out the Golden Dome and the Basilica. Then after that they saw the Grotto and were completely blown away.”

The Notre Dame Street View project is part of a larger initiative by Google to expand its Street View services at Universities across the United States and other sites around the globe.

The Street View car and tricycle are equipped with a state-of-the-art camera system that houses 15 lenses. As they travel down sidewalks and streets, they capture high-resolution images that are immediately processed for use on Google Maps.

Before they are uploaded, the photos undergo blurring technology which protects the identities of passers-by and license plates of vehicles.

“We’re really excited about re-driving Notre Dame to provide both locals and tourists with refreshed street-level views,” said Anne Espiritu, spokeswoman for Google. “Updating the imagery is something we do from time to time as part of our effort to provide users with the richest, most up-to-date maps possible.”

Notre Dame recently was recognized by Google for its application of Google Maps in its campus map.