“Pretty cool–always kind of interested in how they’ve done it, so now we know,” said her companion, Cody Strohl, 29, also a Penn employee.
The tricycle also has been cruising around other colleges and universities, including Penn State, San Diego State, and the University of San Diego, Google spokesman Sean Carlson said.
It also has been seen cruising past Rome’s Trevi fountain, at Santa Monica’s Third Street promenade and pier, and along a Monterey, Calif. bicycle trail. Soon, views will be featured from along walkways of theme parks such as Legoland near Carlsbad, Calif., Carlson said.
In other countries, privacy concerns have been raised about the images.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Google last week acceded to German demands to erase the raw footage of faces, house numbers, license plates, and individuals who have told authorities they do not want their information used in the service.
Last month, Greek officials rejected a bid to photograph the nation’s streets until more privacy safeguards are provided. In April, residents of one English village formed a human chain to stop a camera van, and in Japan the company agreed to reshoot views taken by a camera high enough to peer over fences.
Witt said university officials escorting the Google teams around campus were working to make sure privacy concerns were addressed. The company says faces and license plates will be blurred, and anyone can quickly flag for removal images they consider inappropriate by clicking a box on the bottom of each page.
One of the tricycle operators, Martin D.F. Angelo, 27, said the camera occasionally gets a leery reaction from older people but seems universally embraced by the young.
“The biggest disappointment that most people seem to voice is that we’re actually going to blur out their faces,” he said, “so they’re not going to be internet-famous or something like that.”