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Google helping map out Florida beaches

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Updated: 7/28/2013 3:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's 825 miles of white, sandy beaches will soon be viewable in Google's street view mode.

A team from Visit Florida is walking about 50 miles a day taking pictures using Google's Street View Trekker technology. 

The Trekker is a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The camera has some 15 lenses that take 360-degree panoramic views. 

The completed imagery, scheduled for release next year, will enable viewers to explore Florida's shorelines step by step without having to leave the comfort of home.

"While this technology will better connect the world to Florida's beaches, there's no substitute for the real thing. For anyone who's interested in Florida's beaches, this will ultimately be a great tool so they can better plan for their next trip to the Sunshine State," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

There is no word on when the team will walk the beaches of Northeast Florida.
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