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The Rubicon Trail Gets Google Street View Thanks to Top Gear USA

Posted in News on April 27, 2016
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Photographers: Google Maps

Google Street View provides 360-degree images from locations around the world, and now thanks to the Three Stooges from Top Gear USA and NCTech, we can prerun the famous Rubicon Trail from the couch. This latest addition to Google Street View provides a digital photomap of the 22-mile long perilous trail in Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

This project started when the guys from Top Gear USA decided it would be a good idea to take three rigs on the Rubicon Trail for their upcoming season. That’s when technology company NCTech got involved. NCTech develops high-tech imaging systems including their iSTAR panoramic camera, which takes high-resolution 360-degree photos. They decided to tag along on the latest Top Gear USA adventure to capture all the awesome terrain that makes up the Rubicon trail. Their iSTAR camera was able to capture more than 6,000 photos of Top Gear USAs trip up the Rubicon.

To get the Rubicon Trail ready for Google Street View, those 6,000 images were reduced to a measly 2,000 so they could be delivered to Google. The process of completing the whole trail in Street View is still underway as only 30 photos have been uploaded so far.

Check out the Rubicon Trail on Google Street View at, and check back soon once more images are uploaded so you can see the whole trail. Hopefully seeing the gnarly terrain and picturesque scenery will inspire you to take your rig out, if you haven’t been already.

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Source: NCTech, Google

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