Google launches mapping tool in India

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, August 27: | Updated: Aug 27 2008, 23:04pm hrs
Internet search engine giant Google on Wednesday launched a mapping tool called Google Map Maker in India, which was conceived and developed by its Indian engineering team.

This tool allows users to add or edit geographical features such as roads, businesses, parks, schools, apartment buildings and localities among others in the existing maps of their city, a company release said.

Users can also add detailed information about these locations and this user-created content is updated and made visible immediately to all other users, the release added.

"This launch is the reinforcement of our commitment to bring more useful information to people around the world and especially to a hyper-growth country like India where maps are changing on a daily basis given the rapid of infrastructure development," said Google Head, R&D, Prasad Ram.

Other than India, this product is available in 57 countries in Asia, the Island Nations, and the Caribbean, it added.