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Bradford’s City Park chosen by internet giant Google to demonstrate new technology
Bradford’s multi-award winning City Park has been selected to showcase a new service from global web giant Google.
People will be able to explore the public space from behind their computer screens in Google’s new virtual tour facility, Business Photos.
Business Photos offers interactive, 360-degree views of particular places. The web giant hopes the new service will appeal to businesses who can use the service to show people inside their premises.
City Park is one of a number of places across the UK which has been selected to show off the new technology.
Visitors to Google Plus’ City Park web page can now move around inside a digital space, clicking and swivelling to change their vantage point.
Yorkshire-based photographer Andrew Grimaldi, of Studio360, picked out City Park to illustrate the new service because of its strong visual appeal, especially at night.
He said: “Bradford City Park was the perfect subject to feature this new technology. It offered the opportunity to show Google Business Photos at its best and to feature, as it does, a superb rejuvenation project of an inner city urban space.
“The new service gives people the opportunity to visit City Park online and get a taste of the wonderful atmosphere before you get there, much in the same way Google Business Photos would enhance the online presence of local businesses.”
Councillor David Green, leader of Bradford Council, said: “We are delighted City Park has been selected to illustrate the new service.
“We’re not surprised City Park has been picked out, it is a beautiful space, especially at night. We urge people to have a look online then come down and experience the real thing.”
Last month, Liberal Democrat MP David Ward became the first Member of Parliament in the country to allow Google to offer a virtual tour of his constituency office.
The office is also home to MEP Edward McMillan-Scott.
To take the virtual tour of City Park, search Google Maps for ‘City Park Bradford’ and then click a thumbnail marked ‘see inside’.
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