Google’s ‘Street View’ Feature


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    • Recently, Google announced the launch of its popular ‘Street View’ feature in India – after failing to bring the experience to India at least twice in the past decade following security concerns raised by government agencies over collection of data.

    Street View Feature

    • About:
      • It allows users to view panoramic and street-level 360 degree views of a particular place.
    • Google has partnered with two Indian firms – mapping solutions provider Genesys International and Tech Mahindra. 
      • As per the National Geospatial Policy, 2021, local companies can collect such data and foreign firms can licence the data from Indian entities to serve their customers in the country.
    • The India launch marks the first time in the world that Street View is being brought to life completely by local partners.
    • Coverage: 
      • Street View will be available on Google Maps with fresh imagery licensed from local partners covering over 1,50,000 km across ten cities in India, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar, and Amritsar.
    • Significance: 
    • Street View will help people navigate and explore new corners of the country and the world in a more visual and accurate way, enabling them to fully experience what it’s like to be in these places, right from their phone or computer.