Google’s much waited and controversial feature “Google Street View” has arrived in India and Bengaluru is first city to be captured by Google Street View. according to Google India,starting from today (May 27,2011) Google’s cars mounted with high-resolution cameras will drive on streets of Bangalore to capture images of all locations around Bangalore.
What is Google Street View ?
Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps that enables users to view and navigate within 360 degree street level imagery of various cities . Street View provides users with a rich, immersive browsing experience directly in Google Maps, enabling greater understanding of a specific location.This will allow users to view pedestrian-level photos of streets and houses. To know more, visit google.co.in/streetview
Google Street View in India
Street View has started in the US in May 2007 ,it has database of more than 100 cities across 27 countries and now after 4 years the service started explore India.
Google will use customized cars mounted with high-resolution cameras to gather images from select locations in and around Bangalore, such as the Nrityagram Dance Village over the next few weeks. In case of areas inaccessible to the cars, it will use Google Trike — a specially designed three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system mounted on top . In short “Trike” is nothing but a modified tri cycle or rickshaw.
Google India said, Once the collection process is complete, Street View will be available in Bangalore on Google Maps, allowing users all around the world to access street-level imagery and virtually explore various streets in Bangalore.
Google Street View Controversies
Street view faced bad press for several controversies like sniffing data from Unsecured or unencrypted wireless networks.This service is temporarily banned in Austria and Czech Republic due to privacy concerns. So are we going to hear any Privacy fears in India, where our government started more and more conscious of privacy laws.