Google maps has launched its 360-degree reciprocal dimension feature for 10 Indian cities with data from local partners Tech Mahindra and Mumbai-based Genesis International. This has been made possible by the new National Geospatial Policy, 2021, which lets community organizations gather this kind of data and license it to others, making it also the first country where Street View has been allowed essentially by partners.
Street View has been among the most popular features of Google Maps across the world, allowing users of the app to view panoramic and street-level 360-degree views of a place.
The company has tried to bring this 360-degree viewing system to India twice before. In 2011, when the product was being launched in India, Bengaluru City Police stopped vehicles from clicking images for the app. Soon after, Google withdrew the app feature from the Indian market. 10 years since then, the country launched the National Geospatial Policy, 2021. This lets Indian companies collect map data and license it to others. And it is this policy that has helped bring Google Maps Street View to India, making this nation the first one where Google is working with partner data to make its features available to all.
How to launch Street View on Google Maps?
If you stay in any of the 10 cities where the feature is currently available, you can open Google Maps and tap on the marker. At the bottom, tap the place name or address and zoom into a road in any of these target cities, and tap the area you want to view. You can also select the thumbnail with a Street View icon .
Also in India, Maps is now showing details about speed restrictions shared by traffic officials, starting in Bengaluru and Chandigarh. More cities should get this in the future. Eight cities now get details on road termination and incidents in Maps: Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Agra. It has also collaborated with Bengaluru traffic police to help advance their traffic light timings, and a pilot of this resulted in an almost 20% decrease in crowding across all the terminals.
Google additionally announced its collaboration with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to help people in India make more informed travel decisions by equipping them with authoritative air quality information. People can access this information overlay by tapping the ‘Layers’ button at the top right in their Maps app and selecting the ‘Air Quality’ option.
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