After driving Street View cars for the past year, Google today published its expansive imagery database of Malaysia’s public streets and historical locations via its popular Street View service.Announced at the Google Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur, Managing Director Sajith Sivanandan unveiled that approximately 90 percent of all scenery along peninsular Malaysia public roads, including major highways and tolled roads, state roads, urban centers, and neighborhood has been added to Street View
He noted that highlights of the new Street View imagery include Taman Negara National Park, Langkawi, Pangkor, Penang, Melaka, and Putrajaya. Street View Project Lead Nhazlisham Hamdan said that they work closely with various ministries to make the project a possibility and that it is their goal to obey all local and cultural laws.
He added that those involved in the project faced many challenges. Those tasked with taking images of the Taman Negara carried backpacks of equipment weighing 6kg into the oldest forest in the world to capture images for Street View.
Google views Street View as an ongoing project and is currently taking their efforts to East Malaysia, starting with Sabah and Sarawak’s capital cities and moving outwards from there. They plan to continue to drive and trek across the country with the objective of capturing updated imagery across Malaysia regularly over the coming years. In the future, with the ‘Time Machine’ feature, Street View users can look back in time and view locations as they once were.