If you’ve ever wanted to go skydiving but the thought of jumping out of a plane terrifies you, Google Street View has just the thing for you.
Thanks to a new partnership between Google Street View (credit goes to their courageous photographer, Alex Mather) and Skydive Abel Tasman in New Zealand, height-adverse adventurers can now experience the thrill of skydiving without signing a waiver.
Mather went on a number of jumps over a five-day period with a 360-degree camera to capture a panoramic view of the dive. The virtual path begins on the ground, then lets you travel 16,500 feet in the air before jumping out of the plane and falling 125 miles per hour over New Zealand’s small but scenic Abel Tasman National Park.
And though we’d never have the guts to go skydiving ourselves, we’re happy to enjoy this lovely view from the comfort of our own chairs.
Footage from the jump, which was shot with a number of special cameras mounted to parts of the plane and jumpers, captures the incredible view of mountains, ocean, green space and beaches that make up the South Island in New Zealand.
You can experience the first ever skydive experience captured on Google Street View here, which may have to rename itself. Google Sky View sounds a bit more fitting.