The launch of Google Street View was rejected by the government in 2016
The Google Street View feature in Google Maps was finally launched after being denied permission for a full-scale launch in India in 2016. The Street View feature allows users to view and navigate panoramic images of city streets. The company announced at the press meet in New Delhi that it is bringing Street View to India in collaboration with Genesys and Tech Mahindra. With millions of 360-degree panoramic images, the feature will be available in 10 Indian cities, initially covering 150,000 km of roads. Google aims to expand this feature to 50 cities by the end of this year. Also, as part of the initiative, Tech Mahindra will deploy an SUV equipped with cameras for crowded places. The government rejected the proposal to roll out Google Street View in the country in 2016 citing security reasons.
Google launched its Street View service in 10 cities in India in partnership with Tech Mahindra and Genesys. The Street View feature on Google Maps covers 150,000 km of roads in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar, and Amritsar. The tech giant is rolling out the feature to 50 Indian cities by the end of the year.
Google has joined hands with Tech Mahindra and Genesys in India for this
Data collection will be done by local partners. For this, the company will make Street View API available to local developers. India is the first country where Street View has been enabled primarily by partners. It is being introduced on the basis of the new National Geospatial Policy, which was introduced in February 2021. This policy allows domestic companies to aggregate data and state-of-the-art mapping technology.
Initially, this feature is covering 150,000 km of roads
The Street View feature can be accessed by zooming in on a street in any city on Google Maps and tapping the area. It will show local cafes, cultural centers, etc. It is being said that it also provides surface temperature data with the help of Google Earth Engine.
Google is not using any of its Street View vehicles for this work. Instead, in India, the company will use the previous generation Mahindra Scorpio model.