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The Street View feature on Google Maps is returning to India on Wednesday after the government finally allowed it after 11 years. On 27 July 2022, the search engine platform announced at a press meet that it is launching Street View in India in partnership with Tech Mahindra and Genesys.
Street View appears with a single tap after opening Google Maps. Zooming in on any marker or area of target cities and clicking on it again would simply do the job. Street View helps you navigate and explore local hotspots, cafes and destinations in every atom and corner of the country.
A visual representation of local streets provides a holistic and accurate way to get to places. With Google Earth Engine support, surface temperature data can also be tracked.
India becomes the first country to enable Street View exclusively through partners. Google partnered with Genesys and Tech Mahindra to launch it. The 360-degree panoramic view will be available only in 10 major cities across Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Nashik, Vadodara, Amritsar and Ahmednagar. It covers 150,000 kilometers of roads.
Aiming for further expansion, the tech giant plans to extend the feature to 50 Indian cities. The Street View API will also be available to local development platforms to provide better mapping capabilities within their services and applications.
In accordance with the policy, Indian entities may collect and publish geospatial data. Foreign companies need to license data from Indian companies to serve their Indian customers. The framework is based on the new national geospatial policy which was introduced in 2021.
Miriam Daniel, vice president of Google Maps Experiences, said Street View will eventually blur license plates and individual faces while keeping privacy issues in mind.
The tech giant also announced a partnership with India’s Central Pollution Control Board. This partnership will work together to provide air quality information through maps.
As part of the collaboration, Tech Mahindra decides to deploy SUV-equipped cameras for congested areas.