In order to optimise traffic light timings, Google on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Bengaluru traffic police.
Fresh imagery from local partners covering more than 150,000km across 10 Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad, is accessible on Google Maps as Street View.
By the end of 2022, it aims to broaden this to more than 50 cities. For the first time ever, local partners in India have contributed entirely to the Street View debut.At.
A press release from this collaboration said “This is helping the local traffic authority manage road congestion at key intersections, and will eventually scale across the city. Google will further expand this to Kolkata and Hyderabad in partnership with local traffic authorities,”
Supporting the efforts of local traffic authorities to promote safe driving, Google Maps will now show speed limits data shared by the traffic authorities, starting with Bengaluru.”
According to the press release, Google has also teamed up with traffic authorities and aggregators to assist citizens in eight Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Delhi, and Hyderabad, in avoiding congested areas by providing them with information about road closures and incidents.
The Environmental Insights Explorer, a free tool developed by Google to assist cities and local governments analyse emissions and find reduction methods using data on public transportation usage, recently underwent a pilot in India. Climate Action Plans are being created in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, and Aurangabad using data on transport emissions.