Global technology leader Google Inc. yesterday (Dec. 11) said it would begin imaging Sri Lanka for its ‘Street View’ service to create new views of the country to share with the world. The service provides 360 degree views and navigation of streets as if the viewer was walking down the road and can be accessed on Google Maps by using the ‘pegman’ icon.
Google Asia Pacific Director of Public Policy Ann Lavin, who had flown down to Colombo, expressed that the benefits of Street View to a destination couldn’t be overstated.
Lavin said the service provides safety of mind to both locals and tourists by being able to recognize places and routes prior to physical visits and provide exposure to local businesses. In Sri Lanka, three cars will begin their journeys shortly from Jaffna, Matara and Arugam Bay.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Director General D.S. Jayaweera said this will allow more people to discover Sri Lanka and at the same time, allow people in Sri Lanka to explore new parts of their country online.