|Search engine giants Google has announced a major update for its Google Maps Malaysia edition. The new Google Maps M’sia comprises comprehensive Street View imagery and is perfectly suited for locals and people from all walks of life.|
After driving Street View cars for the past year, Google has now published imagery of approximately 90 percent of the scenery found along Peninsular Malaysia’s public roads, including major highways and toll roads, state roads, urban centers and neighborhoods. The imagery also showcases some of the country’s off-road sites, which were captured by the Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack-mounted camera system.
New highlights for the Maps’ imagery include; the Taman Negara National Park, island hotspots like Langkawi and Pangkor, Penang, Malacca, and the Government headquarters at Putrajaya. In areas where Street View is available, street-level imagery could be accessed by dragging the orange “Pegman” icon on the right-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street. In the new Maps, people could also search for local destinations and where available, access street view imagery from the bottom-of-screen carousel.
By bringing Street View to the country, the top search site hopes to provide the citizens with more relevant and useful online map services and more ways of exploring both favorite, familiar, less seen and even undiscovered destinations. “Malaysia is a diverse and constantly growing country, hence Google has come up with the updated Maps for users and businesses alike with more useful information. We are pleased to be able to share these new panoramic imagery on Maps and hope people around the world would find them useful and relevant,” Sajith Sivanandan, Managing Director of Google Malaysia, expressed.
With the new Maps and imagery in place, Google plans to continue to drive and trek across the country. In a related statement, Google said that they’ve gone through great lengths to safeguard privacy on Maps while enabling all users to beneﬁt from Street View imagery. To make the Maps less obtrusive, the company has incorporated a security feature that blurs faces and cars’ license plates. Additionally, Google would be responsive to any requests from users to further blur any images that feature them via request submissions or the problem report tool.