Google Street View drives into Malaysia

UPDATE: Over 53,000KM of our streets is visible to the rest of the world on Google StreetView, including our horrendous traffic

Street View has been of tremendous help to travellers and directionally challenged drivers. Unfortunately, Malaysia was not mapped out on a street level since the feature was launched. No more though as Google has finally decided that our streets need some love. 

The famous fleet of Google Street View Trollies, Trikes and Trekkers are presently roaming the streets of KL and capturing image data. Google is planning to start off in KL first then eventually move on to other states. They have in fact already captured images of more prominent locations outside of KL but the focus for now will be on the capital city first. 

Currently there are already 18 local locations that have been covered by Streetview, all of which can be accessed through Google Maps:

Sri Subramaniam Temple, Batu Caves

Masjid Sultan Sallahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam

Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

Fort Cornwallis, Penang

- Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Georgetown, Penang

- Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang

- Penang War Museum

- Taman Putra Perdana, Putrajaya

- Taman Rimba Riang Park, Selangor

- Taman Tasik Shah Alam, Selangor

- Sunway Lagoon

- Shah Alam Go Kart

- Taman Desa Water Park

- Taman Rimba Kiara

- Taman Botanical Kepong

- Taman Tasik Kepong Metropolitan

- Desa Park City

- Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir

UPDATE: Since September 2013, the guys at Google have been biking/driving/walking around Malaysia with the StreetView cameras to capture the roads and views of Malaysia. Since the initial announcement, over 53,000KM of roads, museums,and over 80 tourist attractions around Malaysia have been captured with the StreetView trikes/car/backpack.

Google said that they have completely covered the following locations in the last quarter alone:

- Penang Island

- Malacca

- Putrajaya

- Ipoh

- Taiping

- Cameron Highlands

- Kluang

- Kota Tinggi

- Batu Pahat

- Pasir Gudang

- Kuantan

- Temerloh

- Mentakab

They also took time to map both the Penang National Park, with the Pahang National Park and Penang Hill next on the list. Also, Kuala Selangor and Terangganu is slated to be visited by the guys with the equipment this month. So if you ever pass by them while you are on the road - give them a wave. Who knows? you can see yourself in Google StreetView!

The Whole Fleet is Here

Malaysia will be getting the whole family of Google Street View capture vehicles. This includes the iconic car with the camera pod, tricycle and backpack known as the Tracker. Soon, you might see the cameras running around on our roads, in buildings and even on top of Mount Kinabalu. Check out the video to see how do they work in real life. Wave to them if you see it running on the roads!

More after the break...

Privacy Concerns Covered

When asked, Google said that user privacy will be a major concern. They said that people can request their photos be removed from images taken by Google Street View fleet. So if you want to get your house or even your own face off Google Street View, you can. Just send a request to Google and your request will be processed and considered.

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