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Google Maps Street View Finally Achieves Foothold In India After A Decade Of Trying

It’s been a while since we last heard of Google Street View making a mark in India. But despite trying for more than a decade now, the feature has finally managed to achieve a strong foothold.

The news comes after it received great support from a number of leading local organizations in the country, which have been busy at work since 2011.

Google Maps’ famous 360 views from a panoramic angle have arrived in India’s top 10 cities and citizens are expressing joy. But in case you still haven't been able to get your hands on it, well, there’s no reason to worry. Google says it’s going to expand its operations in India further within the upcoming two years.

As you can expect, to run an app like this, you need to collect plenty of data. And just the sound of that has so many countries’ governments shaking in their boots.

Privacy and data protection is a very controversial subject and there are so many schools of thought on what should be allowed and what shouldn’t, especially in terms of user tracking.

This is definitely one of the major reasons why the app has not been able to expand its operations here in India but we do hope things are changing and people are becoming aware of what’s going on.

Since Google has no stronghold in this part of this region, it couldn’t obtain the data required to give users panoramic views, Street Views, and more, thanks to the great many privacy rules and regulations in store.

But it is in 2021 that a small glimmer of hope shone through when the country revealed its Geospatial Policy. This way, firms could collect data easily for features like Street View.

The current goal is to expand to 50 cities while at the moment, ten cities are being given the most of the app and its exclusive features like panoramic views, adding mileage worth millions to Google Map’s already huge library.

With the help of respective local organizations, we’re seeing it so much easier for data collection to take place at a faster pace so Maps can reach those areas that have never been covered. The policy for data collection also clearly delineates those areas from where data collection will take place and separates them from the rest.

Other than panoramic views, viewers will get to explore other exciting features like traffic data as well as business pages that would be good at serving tourists and locals as well, thanks to assistance from satellite images.


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