Millions across the globe can now take a virtual tour of FAU’s Boca campus in panoramic images.
Earlier this month, the university unveiled the new Street View, provided by Google Maps, to make it easier for students, faculty, staff and visitors to explore the campus. Amenities from the nature trails to the football stadium can now be toured on smartphones as well. Google Street View employees began touring the campus on modified tricycles with cameras on the back in April.
FAU teamed up with Google Maps to help those who don’t know their way around the campus, according to College of Business Web Analysis Darryl Maraj. “It was hard to give directions to certain places that were not properly indexed on Google Maps,” Maraj said in an email. “Mobile users could not fully utilize the functions such as street view [sic].”
Some students will use this Street View, others already know the campus well enough to find it useless.
“I probably would not use it because I know where everything is already at,” Will Doyle, a junior music education major, said who hadn’t heard about the project.
“I would use [Street View],” Milliene Dallegrand, a senior elementary education major, said. “I would need a visual of the campus.”
“I am not too familiar with the campus,” Franklin Castro, a freshman international business, said.
By implementing Street View, FAU joins five other universities across Florida that already have Street View: UCF, USF, FAMU, FSU and UWF. But FAU didn’t implement this until Sept. 12. USF completed their Street View project in July 2008. FSU and FAMU both made Street View available June 2011, UCF in November 2011, and UWF last May. FIU and UF remain one of the last few Florida universities without Street View, according to Google Maps.
“The college leads, as in so many other ways, even in mapping our FAU campus with Google,” Dean of College of Business Somnath Bhattacharya said.