Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Google planning to bring 360-degree view of Gandhi Ashram

After giving us a tour of the world’s top mountains, Google plans to bring its Street View van closer to sea level. Gautam Gandhi, Head of New Business Development at Google India, told DNA that the company has plans to add the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad to its roster of landmarks shown in 360-degree panoramic view.

Gandhi was in Ahmedabad on Sunday for a tech entrepreneurship workshop. He said the company has been working on several new products and services for India. “Last year we began covering popular stores in India for the 360-degree panoramic view and, so far, we have covered thousands of stores, including some in Ahmedabad. Interestingly, this city has Gandhi Ashram and we want to offer its panoramic view,” he said.

He added that Google India has already approached authorities for permission to record the Gandhi Ashram in all its glory. “We are waiting for approval from the Ashram and the state government. Google has already done a street view of several cities across the world. We have not yet started street view of cities in India but locations such as the Ashram can certainly be done. The whole world wants to visit Gandhi Ashram,” he added.

Interestingly, Gandhi also revealed that a majority of searches in India concern what can be called "ABCD" i.e. astrology, Bollywood, cricket and devotion. “Searches in these four areas are at the top in all states of India. The search trends of all states are similar,” he said.

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