Today Google’s street view added various local bike trails. They’ve got most of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system, but no GAP or Montour yet. I guess the photos are a year or two old; many changes since then. Pretty neat!
There’s a generator in there, too. And a computer, of course. The red looks like a gas can. There are 9 cameras: 1 pointed up and 8 pointed horizontally in an octagon. The mast is a big chunk of metal. My guess is that they took the equipment designed for StreetView cars and bolted it onto an industrial-strength tricycle, rather than redesign it to be lighter weight.
Consequently, the tricycle typically moves at a mere 3 mph — walking speed! The riders take two hour shifts. You can imagine that it gets tiring to pedal 700 lbs for long periods, particularly if there are hills involved.
But it’s still a cool project. I look forward to the day when they have photographed the GAP and C&O this way.