Thursday, May 26, 2011

Google Street View in Bangalore

Google Street View trike.Image via Wikipedia
Today is a great day for Indians, especially Bangaloreans! Much awaited Google Street View feature will be available for Bangalore on Google Maps very soon. Google's Street View cars and trikes will be collecting imagery of public locations of Bangalore in the next few weeks. Nrityagram Dance Village is one of the featured places in Google Street View for Bangalore.
Being the IT capital of India must be one of the major reasons for Google to start with this in Bangalore. Google Street View at present is live in 27 nations around the world. It has also been a subject of privacy concerns in several places and Google had to face legal attacks too. But its a bold step by Google to come to India. It's yet to be seen how people in India would welcome this initiative, especially the privacy-concerned and security-concerned citizens and NGOs. It must be remembered that Google Earth itself was subject to major legal attacks followed by the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. So a feature like Street View which offers a near perfect view of the surroundings would definitely cause concerns amongst people. Google has a page on how information regarding privacy concerns. On a personal note I hope the project completes successfully and we will be able start using Street View for Bangalore soon.
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