1. What is Google Street View?
In Mid December 2014, Google Maps announced that they would be bringing their world-famous Street View to Sri Lanka. Google Street View allows you access to high quality images of streets in Google Maps, or Gmaps for short. Accessing Street View is as easy as dragging the orange icon onto your screen, making it possible to find certain locations, landmarks streets ahead of time.
2. Where are they going?
Jaffna, Matara and Arugam Bay will be the first to witness the Google Street Team in action. They will be covering every single street, in order to provide a comprehensive experience, which is very handy as there are a lot of side roads and ‘by lanes’ in our country. Check out this car, which is coming to a street near you.
3. Whats In It For Me?
For starters, there would be a lot fewer excuses about ‘getting lost’ when trying to find a relatives house. This provides Sri Lankan’s with the opportunity to manage driving directions, find good parking spots and locate businesses and restaurants ahead of time.
4. What about Privacy and Unflattering Images?
Some people are understandably concerned about privacy. However, as reported by ReadMe, Google edits the images by blurring faces and license plates. Furthermore, if you find an unflattering image on Google Street View, you can make a compliant to Google. Other pessimists suggest that potential tourists may be less inclined to visit if they were to see some of our less than flattering streets. However, Colombo has gone through a significant upgrade in places such as the independence square, and our cultural icons such as the Dalada Maligawa, Sigiriya and Galle Fort can be viewed in all its glory using Street View, so it balances out favorably in the end.
Have you seen the Google Car in your neighbourhood? If so, tell us where. Better yet, take a picture of yourself with it and get in touch with us!
Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.