Previously, you could “virtually walk” around New York’s iconic Central Park while sitting in Delhi. Now, owing to Google’s Street View, you can be in New York and virtually walk through Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens.
The leader in internet search debuted the tool, which is already available in more than 100 countries, across 10 cities in India on Wednesday, allowing users to see a 360-degree view of any famous landmark, restaurant, or street.
This comes after the company announced ambitions to take street-level photos in 2011, but had to halt the procedure in 2016 due to security concerns.
Google, which generally collects street-level photos using camera-equipped cars and bicycles, is providing this service in collaboration with Tech Mahindra and Genesys International.
The service has gone live in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar, and Amritsar.
The tool, which is accessible through Google Maps, is anticipated to assist real estate and travel companies and improve navigation for users.
According to India’s geospatial policy, announced last year, only companies managed by Indian nationals may collect geospatial data with a spatial accuracy/value of less than one metre horizontally and three metres vertically.
Google Maps will now display speed restriction information provided by traffic authorities, beginning with Bengaluru and Chandigarh.
It would also provide information on road closures and incidents on Google Maps in eight cities, including Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Gurugram, Bengaluru, and Agra, to assist drivers in avoiding congested areas.
The US-based technology giant also cooperated with the Central Pollution Control Board to provide reliable air quality data on Google Maps.
This information will be accessible by touching the ‘Layers’ button in the upper-right corner and selecting the ‘Air Quality’ option.
Daniel stated that Google would release the application programming interface for Street View to local partners. It has made its API accessible to global partners for some time.
The cooperation between Genesys International and Google aims to boost Street View’s coverage to 1 million kilometres by the end of the year. Tech Mahindra will serve as Google’s logistics service provider.