Google launched its Street View service in 10 cities in India in partnership with Tech Mahindra and Genesys. The Street View feature on Google Maps is covering 150,000 km of roads in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar and Amritsar. The tech giant is rolling out the feature to 50 Indian cities by the end of the year.
Data collection will be done by local partners. For this, the company will make Street View API available to local developers. India is the first country where Street View has been enabled primarily by partners. It is being introduced on the basis of the new National Geospatial Policy, which was introduced in February 2021. This policy allows domestic companies to aggregate data and state-of-the-art mapping technology.
The Street View feature can be accessed by zooming in on a street in any city on Google Maps and tapping the area. It will show local cafes, cultural centers etc. It is being said that it also provides surface temperature data with the help of Google Earth Engine.
Google is not using any of its Street View vehicles for this work. Instead, in India, the company will use the previous generation Mahindra Scorpio model.
Stafford Marquardt, Google’s Data Operations Product Manager, says that the Google Street View Camera, which was introduced recently at Google I/O, may also come to India (if it is ready by that time). “We would love to have an immersive view for India as well, but we have [अभी तक] Nothing has been decided. Since it uses 3D data and aerial view, we may have to do similar partnerships to bring it to India.”
Google also announced road safety measures and its collaboration with local authorities to reduce traffic congestion. To promote safe driving, Google Maps will display speed limit data shared by traffic officials, starting with Bengaluru and Chandigarh. Google, in collaboration with the Bangalore Traffic Police, is working towards optimizing traffic light timings, aiming to reduce waiting times, road congestion and carbon emissions at intersections. The company will also expand it to Kolkata and Hyderabad.
Google is partnering with traffic authorities and aggregators in eight cities – Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Agra – to provide information on road closures and incidents.
In addition, the company is taking new initiatives in collaboration with domestic organizations aimed at reducing the carbon footprints of its users. The company recently piloted the Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE), which uses public transportation activity data to help cities and local governments measure emissions.
Google is also associated with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to provide air quality information. on the Google Maps app Layers>Air Quality This information can be accessed by visiting