Google Maps has launched Street View in India in collaboration with Tech Mahindra and Genesys International. The service for a 360-degree view of streets, tourist spots, and landmarks could not be launched in India before because of regulatory hurdles.
Starting July 27, Street View will be available on Google Maps with fresh imagery licensed from local partners covering over 1,50,000 km across 10 cities in India — Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nashik, Vadodara, Ahmednagar, and Amritsar. Google, Genesys International, and Tech Mahindra plan to expand this to more than 50 cities by the end of 2022. This India launch marks the first time in the world that Street View is being brought to life completely by local partners.
- Open Google Maps, zoom into a road in any of these target cities, and tap the area you want to view.
- Get to know the local cafes and cultural hotspots, or check out the local neighbourhood.
- Street View APIs will also be available to local developers enabling them to deliver richer mapping experiences in their services.
Google has also announced the launch of speed limit data in maps for Bengaluru and Chandigarh, as well as road congestion data in nine cities. It is also working on the environmental insights explorer tool to measure emissions based on traffic patterns, giving planners a better idea of how to reduce emissions in cities. It will also start showing localised street-level Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers in a few cities.