Google relaunched Street View, the Google Maps feature that allows users to explore an area through 360-degree panoramic street-level images, in India, more than a decade after the service was first introduced in the South Asian market and roughly six years after it was banned due to security concerns.
The company, which first launched Street View in India in 2011, announced a partnership with local behemoths Genesys and Tech Mahindra to relaunch the service, which is now available in ten Indian cities. The service is expected to be available in 50 Indian cities by the end of the year. This is the first time Google has collaborated with third-party firms for Street View, according to Google executives at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. Street View, which debuted 15 years ago, is now available in over 100 countries and territories and has amassed over 220 billion Street View images, according to the company.