07 April 2016
Google brings 360-degree Street View imagery to Sri Lanka
Google has launched the Street View imagery of Sri Lanka on Google Maps that will allow users to view and experience 360-degree panoramic imagery of the country from their phones, tablets and computers. With the addition of Sri Lanka, Street View is now available in 76 countries, including the US, Japan and South Korea. Street View allows users to see how a city or a place looks like in real. Using cars and bikes fitted with cameras to collect imagery, Google collects and stitches the photos accumulated together to make the 360-degree panorama. Interestingly, Street View is not available in India. The company had launched the service in 2011 in India, but later suspended it following an order from the police. “Google began driving in Sri Lanka in December 2014 and finished collecting imagery in February this year. From the bustle of downtown Colombo to the cool tea plantation hills, Sri Lanka’s landscape is as beautiful as it is diverse,”Google Public Policy Manager Helena Lersch said. “To capture this imagery, Google drove close to 50,000 km across every state and province so you can virtually explore this beautiful landscape from coast to coast,” she added. She, however, did not say if and when the service would be launched in India. She, however, did not say if and when the service would be launched in India.