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Google Street View car begins driving in Sharjah

Sharjah Urban Planning Council in partnership with Google, will begin capturing streets, roads, neighborhoods, destinations and landmarks in Sharjah

Google announced its partnership with the Sharjah Urban Planning Council to launch Street View in Sharjah.

A feature by Google Maps that allows users to virtually explore and navigate streets, and neighborhoods through panoramic street-level images.

Sharjah is the second Arab city to have Street View car driving in the region.

Street View was launched in May 2007 and is already available in more than 3000 cities across 63 countries around the world. Google Street View imagery provides users with a rich, immersive browsing experience and allows users to explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip or other points of interest.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Urban Planning Council stated, “We’re delighted to partner with Google to bring Street View to Sharjah. This technology has been successfully implemented in leading cities all over the world, and we welcome the additional convenience it will bring to residents and businesses in Sharjah, to make it even easier for them to navigate the streets of the Emirate. Moreover, people outside Sharjah and prospective visitors can experience panoramic views of the Emirate’s spectacular natural landscape and the many landmarks that make it the centre of culture in the region.”

Antony Mcloughlin, Street View program manager at Google, said: “We are very excited to extend Street View to Sharjah, wherever we have launched this feature around the world, we received amazing response from users and businesses.”

Street View Process
Street View imagery is gathered by a vehicle equipped with advanced imaging technology— a camera mounted on the roof of a car that collects imagery and location data. After collection, the imagery is stitched together to create the 360° panoramic images that allows you to move around and explore locations as if you were there.

Benefits for users
Google wants to make the everyday lives of users easy whether it was previewing the location before moving into a new neighborhood or discovering the location of a restaurant or cafe.

Users can check out a restaurant or hotels before arriving or arrange meeting points. House hunters can save time not only by exploring properties they are interested in but also their surrounding area in advance which will make selection of property they are interested in more efficient.

Benefits for businesses
Businesses can also benefit from the Street View technology by embedding Google Maps directly into their site, helping them to promote a hotel or increase awareness of a local store or restaurant. Tourists will instantly be able to check the surroundings of a hotel without taking a risk.

Google is constantly improving its maps with tens of thousands of updates everyday throughout the world – from the latest road names, business addresses to public transit schedules and photos. Street View provides easily accessible tools for flagging inappropriate or sensitive imagery for review and removal. Each image contains a link to a “Report a problem” tool where users can report objectionable images.