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Google takes Street View to Amazon

Google is sending its Street View service through the Amazon rain forest, while it's still there.

The Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) talked the search giant into wandering up and down paths through remote corners of northwest Brazil taking panoramic pictures and searching for as-yet-undiscovered unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

In the place of the unpopular snooping Street View Cars which have intruded, often illegally, into people's unsecured lives comes the Google Street View trike.

This vehicle will be pedalled "along the narrow dirt paths of the Amazon villages" Google bogged, heralding the approach of the trike, "close to where civilization meets the rainforest."

"We'll also mount it onto a boat to take photographs as the boat floats down the river," the Google bogger bogged.

The pedallers will be mostly local people handed Google's super-snooping technology and trained to use it, the outfit said.

The FAS spent two years asking Google to help document weak global attempts to halt widespread deforestation in the rainforest, the lung of Earth's atmosphere.

According to FAS project leader Gabriel Ribenboim: "It is very important to show the world not only the environment and the way of life of the traditional population, but to sensitise the world to the challenges of climate change, deforestation and combating poverty."