Google takes Street View up the world's tallest skyscraper
Panoramic cameras scope out the highest occupied floor, as well as take a trip outside
Tuesday 25 June 2013
For the first time Google have taken their Street View cameras into a skyscraper, offering the public a view from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Standing at 829.8 meters (2722ft) the Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world and was opened in January 2010.
The new shots give views from the world’s tallest observation deck on the 124 floor, as well as taking you outside to the vertigo-inducing maintenance units on the 80 floor. The cameras also visited the highest occupied floor (the 163) and took a ride on the Khalifa’s elevators – the fastest moving the world, travelling at 22mph.
Although Street View started out as a fairly practical project, Google have also spent much time and energy capturing more esoteric locations with their cameras.
Highlights include their tours of the world’s highest peaks; the interiors (and artwork) of the most famous galleries; as well as coverage of the modern Wonders of the World, from the Barrier Reef to Scott’s Hut – the abandoned base of operations for the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913.
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