Visitors to RIT no longer need to step foot on campus. A virtual tour is now available from one’s desktop, thanks to Google Maps.
Google has added RIT to its Street View Gallery, which gives users a 360-degree street-level look at important landmarks and attractions across the United States. RIT earned the opportunity to be included in Street View by taking part in an online contest sponsored by the company. The university received nearly 30,000 votes to emerge as the winner of the University Campuses category.
Last fall, Google toured the campus with a specially equipped tricycle, which towed nine directional cameras along with a GPS unit used for positioning. The “trike” cruised around campus and snapped photographs, which now exist as a continuous stream of 360-degree images available for public viewing.
Viewers can take the Street View tour of RIT by going to maps.google.com.