Google Street View is finally available in India! The navigation service offering a 360 degree view can now be activated in major cities. Before rolling out to the rest of the country.
Google Street View is a very practical service which appears to be a suitable complement to Google Maps. It allows you to walk the streets of a city as if you were there, from the screen of your smartphone or computer. If Street View can help solve investigations, it is above all an ally of choice for preparing for a vacation or a move. And for good reason, it allows you to familiarize yourself with your future neighborhood by identifying points of interest and/or disturbing aspects.
Launched in 2007, Google Street View is available in most major countries. But India was still missing. In 2016, the government banned Google from implementing the system, citing security risks. Six years later, the web giant has finally secured Indian approval by partnering with two local companies. Namely: Genesys and Tech Mahindra. For the occasion, we took a short walk in Delhi (see screenshot at the top of the article).
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Google Street View adds India to its catalog
At the moment, Google Street View is only available in ten Indian cities: Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar and Amritsar. The goal is to extend the functionality to 50 more cities by the end of the year.
Note that Google was able to deploy Street View thanks to the launch of the geospatial policy in India. New regulations allow local businesses to collect data with a certain level of fidelity in order to license it to third parties. The latter can then integrate them into their services. For its part, Google is opening up the Street View API for local developers to take advantage of.
This is the first time that Google has granted a data license for Street View images. Until now, the giant collected the images itself by deploying the “Google Cars”, its cars overhung by omnidirectional cameras, in the four corners of the world.