Photo - (From left) Sajith Sivanandan, Managing Director of Google Malaysia; and Nhazlisham Hamdan, Operations Lead Google Street View posing with Pegman the Street View icon, at the launch of the Street View imagery in Malaysia.
Google has published new Street View imagery of Malaysia for both local and international use, said the internet services giant.
Google Malaysia managing director Sajith Sivanandan said the update to Google Maps took a year of driving Street View cars around Malaysia, mapping scenery found along peninsular public roads, including major highways and tolled roads, state roads, urban centres and neighbourhoods. The imagery also includes some of Malaysia's offroad sites, which were captured using the Street View Trekker, a wearable backpackmounted camera system.
Sivanandan said the comprehensive imagery included:
- Taman Negara National Park the oldest rainforest in the world;
- The holiday destination islands of Langkawi and Pangkor;
- Penang and Melaka, both UNESCO world heritage sites; and
- The government administrative centre of Putrajaya.
He added where Street View was available, street-level imagery could be accessed by dragging the orange 'Pegman' icon on the righthand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street.
In the new Google Maps, people can also search for local destinations and where available, access Street View imagery from the imagery carousel that sits at the bottom of the screen, said Sivanandan.
By bringing Street View to Malaysia, Google wanted to provide Malaysians with "more relevant and useful online map services and more ways of exploring both favourite and unfamiliar local spots, while also helping foster the country's economic development through better maps."
Diverse and constantly growing
"Malaysia is a diverse and constantly growing country, and by providing users and businesses with more useful map information, Street View can also help create lasting economic impact," he said. "We are pleased to be able to share these new panoramic imagery of Malaysia on Google Maps and we hope people around the world will find them useful and enjoyable too."
Sivanandan said Google will continue to drive and trek across Malaysia and capture updated imagery regularly in the coming years.
In addition, he said privacy issued have been managed with the use of "highly sophisticated technology that effectively blurs human faces and license plates of vehicles to render them unidentifiable. "Google is very responsive to any requests received from users to further blur any images that feature them - to submit a request, people can use the 'Report a problem' tool available on the bottom right corner of Google Maps.
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