Google brings Street View to India in collaboration with local partners!

In a first for the world, Google is extending the Street View feature of Maps to India without actually collecting any data. It has instead relied on Genesys International and Tech Mahindra, who have traveled more than 150,000 miles across 10 cities: Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, and Amritsar. By the end of the year, Google claims to have expanded Street View to more than 50 Indian cities.

street view in India

Open Google Maps, zoom into any of the aforementioned cities’ roads, and tap the location you wish to see to access Street View. On this occasion, local developers can now access the Street View API.

Starting in Bengaluru and Chandigarh, Google Maps is now displaying data regarding speed limits supplied by traffic authorities in India. This should eventually be available in more cities. The eight cities listed above (Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Agra) now receive information about incidents and road closures on Google Maps.

street view in India

In a test project, Google collaborated with the Bengaluru traffic police to help them improve the timing of their traffic lights, which led to an almost 20% decrease in traffic at all the junctions. The trial is expanding to Kolkata and Hyderabad in the upcoming months, and this will be scaled to include all of Bengaluru.

Finally, Google Maps is displaying “authoritative air quality information,” which can be found by touching the Layers button in the top right corner and choosing the Air Quality option. This collaboration with the Central Pollution Control Board is possible thanks to Google Maps.

via – blog.google

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