Indian cities, tourists spots, hills and rivers could be explored soon through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level imagery as the government plans to allow Google to cover such locations through the Google Street View with certain riders.
Except sensitive locations like defence installations, nuclear sites and some other high-valued spots, permission is expected to be given to the internet services giant to cover most of the Indian territory through the Google Street View.
A formal communication is likely to be conveyed to the Google after detailed deliberations by the top officials of the Ministries of Defence, Home, External officials and the Prime Minister’s office, official sources said today.
Google Street View explores places around the world through 360-degree, panoramic and street-level 3D imagery. Everything taken under it posted online.
It has been extensively used in the United States, Canada and many European countries, its applications in India have been limited so far.
Google has launched Street View in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium besides others in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.
Indian security establishment is wary of allowing such image-capturing given that planning for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai is believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance of targets by Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley.
Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world.
It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States, and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide. Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps.
Google Street View displays panoramas of stitched images. Most photography is done by car, but some is done by trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Google headquarters during his tour to the US beginning tomorrow.