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India: After 11 years, Google Street View was launched

India: Google Maps launches Street View covering 150,000 km across 10 cities.

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According to the details, Imagery has licensed Genesis International and Tech Mahindra, including Google, to collect Street View data through local partners for the first time. The 10 cities where it has been launched include Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar and Amritsar.
Google plans to expand this service to more than 50 cities by the end of 2022. Google Maps Vice President of Experience Maryam Daniel said in a blog post that India is moving fast in the digital age and we are today are focusing on accurate modeling, visualization and solutions for fast developing India. Google first launched Street View in 2007. This platform is used for 360-degree panoramic view and street-level imagery. It can also be used to explore locations around the world.
In India, the company has faced complaints of data insecurity and was denied permission by the Indian government at least twice in the past decade due to security concerns. In 2019, Google signed a $13 million agreement to use code in its software to collect payload data samples from Wi-Fi networks, collect passwords and emails. Sajid Malik, Managing Director, Genesis International, said, “Our fleet continues to rapidly portray Indian cities, bringing to life the amazing tapestry of our city’s streets and landmarks and giving us the comfort of our old neighbourhoods. Allows you to visit or plan your visits.”
Google Maps has always been at the forefront of geospatial technology, and we are honored to bring the best of technology to India and its citizens.” Google also announced collaboration with the Central Pollution Control Board to make available authentic air quality information on Google Maps.