Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google Maps debuted its panoramic Street View service in 10 Indian cities on Wednesday, in collaboration with Tech Mahindra and Genesys, 11 years after a previous effort was thwarted by legal issues.

In many countries, the function, which provides 360-degree panoramas of cities across the globe using images shot by cruising automobiles, has sparked privacy concerns and regulatory scrutiny.

The Indian debut comes after the government rejected Google permission at least twice in the previous decade due to security concerns.

On Wednesday, company officials said that they were able to fulfill the legal criteria due to India’s new geospatial policy, which permits international map providers to supply panoramic images by licensing the data from local partners.

Tech Mahindra and Genesys collected all of the data, according to Google, who added that the service will be accessible in more than 50 Indian cities by the end of the year.

According to Miriam Daniel, Vice President of Google Maps Experiences, Street View images will mask away users’ faces and registration plates to address privacy concerns.

The announcement on Wednesday coincided with the debut of a similar feature by MapmyIndia (CEIF.NS), which powers Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) maps in the country. According to the business, its Mappls RealView is available in hundreds of cities.

Google has also announced a collaboration with India’s Central Pollution Control Board to offer air quality data through maps.

Source: Reuters


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