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Google Street View Mapping Southern African Nation ‘Botswana’

Google Street View in southern African nation BotswanaA new African country, the southern African nation of Botswana is set to be showcased on Street View to the internet users around the world. In the coming weeks, Google cars will start driving around this vast country.

“Our initial Street View driving in Botswana will primarily be focused on the major urban areas of Gaborone and Francistown. Some of the country’s stunning destinations and wildlife reserves will also be photographed, with our cars set to drive around Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and the Nxai salt pans,” informed Mgwili-Sibanda, Policy Manager, South Africa and Julie Taylor, Communications Manager, Sub Saharan Africa.

Following the launch of Street View in South Africa just before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Botswana will become only the second African country to be on Street View. Once launched, Street View will allow users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery of Botswana streets and sites.

Adding, they said, “Images collected by Steet View cars will be processed and carefully stitched together, a process that can take several months. They will be made available at a later date in Street View on Google Maps.”

For those who are new, “Street View is a popular free feature of Google Maps which we launched in 2007 and is already available in more than 30 countries around the world. It is also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile. Street View has put imagery of some of the world’s most interesting and significant destinations online for everyone to virtually explore.”

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

Update: After more than two years, Czech Republic gave the green signal to Google to resume Street View service. Czech Position reports, Google has agreed to several conditions put forth by the Czech Office for Personal Data Protection:

  • Google will take photos closer to ground level to avoid photographing personal property over fences/walls.
  • Google will give Czech citizens a method to demand that their property be removed from Street View.
  • Google will blur license plates/registration information on vehicles.
  • Google will pre-announce when it’s planning to photograph in Czech towns and cities.

“As of Friday (Feb. 3), however, Google can resume its photo-documentation of the Czech Republic after agreeing to implement a number of measures, which include undertaking to take images closer to the ground so as to reveal fewer of details of private property, blurring car registration numbers, informing local administrations about plans to map their territory, and removing cars and property from images upon the request of owners,” reports Czech Position.

As well as resuming mapping, Google will now be able to publish street-level panoramas of UNESCO monuments in Kutn

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