Thursday, June 9, 2011

Google Street View For INDIAN Cities: First Bengaluru - Start Searching your Street

When Google started GOOGLE MAPS service it was really innovative idea to trace the place and locate them. Then came revolutionary idea of GOOGLE EARTH.which is somewhat satellite view of earth and you can view place. Now there is another idea for GOOGLE STREET VIEW which will
take snap shot of your city street and you can

Street View in Google Maps lets you explore places through 360-degree street-level imagery, whether you're looking at locations in your town or across the globe. With Street View, you can check out a restaurant before going there, find beautiful places around the world to visit on your next vacation, or check out neighborhoods when you're looking to move.

On 26 MAY 2011Google announced that it will begin imagery collection in Bangalore Nrityagram Dance Village in , and will continue capturing various parts of Bengaluru over the next few weeks for the Street View feature in Google Maps.
Google cars and trikes will begin driving and taking street level photographs of public locations around the city in INDIA

The images will be made available at a later date in Street View on Google Maps.
Street View is a popular feature of Google Maps, already available in more than 27 countries. It allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighborhood through panoramic street-level images. It is also available on Google Maps for mobile.

India is the 28th country to have street view, the first being the US which had street view way back in 2007. Just yesterday Google had announced listing of public transport buses in Ahmedabad and Delhi in Google maps.
In countries where Street View is available, the user can access street-level imagery by zooming into the lowest level on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange "Pegman" icon on the left-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street.
In addition to the cars, the Google Trike - a specially designed three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system mounted on top - will start gathering images from select locations in the area such as the Nrityagram Dance Village over the next few weeks. The Trike has already collected imagery from dozens of famed places around the world, including Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, Pompei in Italy, Legoland in California, and Versailles in France.
Lynne Fernandez, Managing Trustee, Nrityagram Dance Village said, "We are very excited to be on Street View. I understand that the Trike can go off the beaten path to photograph some of the most remote and beautiful places on earth, so anyone can explore them from anywhere. It will provide a scenic virtual view of Nrityagram and that's the closest to actually being here!"
Vinay Goel, Product Head, Google India said, "We decided to start driving in Bangalore because it is the IT capital of India and feel that the IT savvy users will be able to leverage the benefits of the product to the fullest. Street View is useful for urban development planners, law enforcement agencies, househunters, and travelers.
It lets users check out restaurants before arriving, make travel plans and arrange meeting points. Businesses can also benefit from the Street View technology by embedding Google Maps directly into their site for free. Hotels can use it to show off the convenience of their location, and restaurants can use it to raise awareness."
Google has developed technology that effectively blurs human faces and number plates of vehicles to render them unidentifiable. Street View is designed to comply with all local laws including those related to security and privacy in India.
Vinay Goel added, "We are committed to balancing the needs of our users with concerns about security. At Google, we recognize the sensitivity associated with certain locations and are committed to working with relevant stakeholders to ensure that their concerns are addressed."