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What has happened?

  • Google Street View is finally available for ten cities in India and is expected to roll out in about 50 more cities by the end of the year.
  • The 360-degree interactive panorama feature of Google Maps has been available in cities spread over 100 countries since 2007.
  • In India, unlike in other markets, Google Street View is powered by images from third parties as per the National Geospatial Policy, 2021.

What is google street view?

  • Google Street View is an immersive 360-degree view of a location captured using special cameras mounted on vehicles or on backpacks by data collectors moving around the city streets.
  • The images are then patched together to create a 360-degree view which users can swipe through to get a detailed view of the location.
  • It is available to view on Android and iOS using the app, or as a web view.

Why was it not enabled in India?

  • In 2011, the Bangalore City Policy stopped vehicles capturing images for Google Street View.
  • Though there was no clarity on why exactly the policy stopped the capture of data, after that Google did not proceed with the product in India,
  • Even as local companies like Wonobo and MapMyIndia came up with their own versions of immersive visual maps of some Indian cities.

Why it has been launched now?

  • The National Geospatial Policy, 2021 lets Indian companies collect map data and license it to others.
  • After this, Google has tied up with Tech Mahindra and Mumbai-based Genesys International to enable Street View for 10 Indian cities initially.
  • This is the first time Google is working with partner data to enable this feature.
  • In India, the data will be collected and owned by these partners.

Are there any limitations in India?

  • Street View in India is not allowed for restricted areas like government properties, defence establishments and military areas.
  • This means in a place like Delhi, the cantonment area will be out of bounds for Street View.

How will it help users?

  • While Google Maps gives users the ability to plot a route and see the satellite view of the same, often this does not give a clear idea of the road conditions.
  • With Street View, users will be able to see exactly how a new destination looks like, and even explore local businesses before going there.

Issues with street view?

  • Over the years a lot of privacy and other issues have been raised regarding Street View.
  • A lot of these stem from people’s faces and other identifiable aspects, like car number plates and house numbers, being captured by the camera and being misused in different ways.
  • There have also been security concerns about this kind of views being available, especially for sensitive locations.
  • Along with India, Google has had issues with the local authorities in countries like Austria, Australia and Germany.

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