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Saturday 22 September 2018

Google maps users denied Liffey cruise

The Four Courts
The Four Courts

DUBLINERS have been denied the chance to cruise along the River Liffey and take in the city's iconic landmarks – all from the comfort of their own home.

The city council – unlike their London counterparts – are not taking up an opportunity to get on board Google's Street View virtual riverboat.

It would have made the grand old river only the second European river to appear on its Street View system.

There it would join other global tourist attractions such as the Antarctic, the Grand Canyon and Moscow's Red Square as an "iconic global location."

Google said the council could apply through its loan programme to borrow the Trekker and "help map the world."

However, a council spokeswoman said they have "no current plans which involve mapping the river."

Earlier this year, Google set sail on a 30-mile cruise down the River Thames.

The highly sophisticated Street View Trekker camera took more than a year to develop.

It weighs 40lbs and includes a multi-lens 15-megapixel lens, an on-board hard drive and enough battery to run for an entire day.

Cameras are positioned to give a 360-degree view so every possible angle is captured. Images are automatically captured every 2.5 seconds.

JOURNEYS

Earlier this week it was announced that Google has mapped that the country's entire public transport system. Commuters can now plan their journeys door-to-door using Google Maps Transit.

The initiative is a result of a partnership between the internet giant and the National Transport Authority here. The authority gave Google access to the national route network and the timetable data behind our National Journey Planner, which now includes services in Northern Ireland.

Minister for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly TD said: "It's all about making it easier for commuters and visitors to use public transport".

The Minister explained that the public can use Google Maps service on the web, on android phones, iPhones or tablets.

It works by allowing you select your departure and arrival time and more than one choice of trip will then show, once you're flexible with times.

You'll also get an estimated time for your journey alongside the scheduled departure of the next bus or train. If there's a break in connections, like between the red and green Luas lines you'll be provided with directions to the nearest stop.

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