Update 1:(2011) Google has stopped mapping Indian streets after receiving orders from Bangalore police amid security concerns. A Google spokesperson quotes
“We can confirm that we received a letter from the Commissioner of Police regarding Street View. We are currently reviewing it and have stopped our cars until we have a chance to answer any questions or concerns the police have,” Google spokesperson said.
Update 2: (2015) Indian Home Ministry has given their approval to Google Street View service. This approval came after Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Google already has approval for mapping historical monuments in Street View but now the service is expected soon to be rolled out to normal cities.
Google India Blog announced yesterday that it would begin collecting photographs of Indian roads and nearby areas as a part of Google maps street view. The collection will start from Bangalore and will eventually spread to the other major cities of the country. However, there are news of people already spotting Google vehicles in Mumbai, Noida, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and other cities. After starting Street View technology in US and spreading it to 27 counties, 4 years later, it finally came to India. For that reason press took it with great enthusiasm and news spread as wild-fire on twitter and Facebook.
#. What is Street View Technology?
Street View is a subsidiary project of Google Maps, which lets you see the real road level images that can turn 360 degrees giving virtual sense of street viewing. This technology is incredibly useful for driving navigation and exploring places [example – Times Square US]. Find more from http://www.google.co.in/streetview.
Over the privacy concerns, Google India confirms that all faces and vehicle number plates will be blurred and no Wi-Fi access point information will be stored. Bangalore traffic department has formally approved the image collection. Nevertheless, if you happen to find any sensitive image, you can request its removal it by clicking on ‘Report a problem‘ in the bottom left corner of the Street View image.
As evident from the official images, Google will use tri-cycle and Chevrolet Captiva for collecting images. However, individuals have also noticed Mahindra Scorpio and Maruti Alto on roads. Tri-cycle is also known by the name of Google Trike. It is specially designed three wheel Pedi-cab with a 360 degree camera system mounted on top. It will be really useful for the dense and narrow Indian roads.