Google SV comes to Malaysia

Google will finally begin to drive its Street View (SV) cars through Malaysia's streets for the first time with the support of Tourism Malaysia. The internet giant is also publishing a special SV imagery of several sites around the country in order to create new ways for people around the world to view and experience Malaysia.

By bringing SV to Malaysia, Google hopes to provide Malaysians with more relevant and useful online map services and more ways of exploring both favorite and unfamiliar local spots, while also helping foster the country's economic development through better maps.

"Malaysia is a diverse and constantly growing country, and by providing users and businesses alike with more useful map information, SV can also help create lasting economic impact. We are excited to share the new panoramic road imagery of Malaysia on Google Maps when the imagery launches at a later date," says Sajith Sivanandan (pictured right), Country Manager, Google Malaysia.

Starting with Kuala Lumpur, Google will now begin driving SV cars equipped with special cameras to collect street-level imagery for Google Maps. Google will continue to drive across the country, and this activity represents a long-term investment with the objective of capturing imagery across Malaysia over the next few years.

Google is also publishing new SV imagery of 18 sites across Malaysia, including Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Sri Subramaniam Temple Batu Caves and Masjid Sultan Sallahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. This 360-degree imagery, collected using the SV Trike, a tricycle-based camera system, will allow Malaysians and people the world to virtually explore these scenic Malaysian destinations right through Google Maps.

It will also be introducing the SV Trekker, a wearable backpack camera system, and the Street View Trolley, a pushcart camera system, to Malaysia. With the Trekker and Trolley, Google aims to later capture more of Malaysia's off-road sites and make these landscapes easily accessible for everyone to experience online.