Aiming to hone the traffic signal timings, Google announced a tie-up with Bangalore traffic police, this Wednesday. According to a press release from the company, “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,”
Along with the announcement of the street view experience’s debut in the country, Google announced a partnership with Genesys International and Tech Mahindra. "Street View is offered on Google Maps with new imagery licenced from local partners spanning more than 150,000km across 10 Indian cities, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.”
Google aims to extend this to more than 50 cities, by the end of 2022. According to the statement, The Street View's debut in India marks the first occasion in history that local partners have entirely animated Street View. Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic), Bengaluru Ravikanthe Gowda, “We are the first Indian city to have started a pilot with Google. As per the data provided by the company, the revised plan by Google resulted in an average 20% reduction in waiting time per driver going through the pilot intersection during the day.” He further added, “We are excited by the positive impact this can have on reducing traffic congestion, road rage, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Google also teamed up with traffic authorities and aggregators to assist citizens in eight cities of the country, including Bengaluru, Delhi, and Hyderabad, in circumventing congested zones by providing information on road closures and incidents, according to the press release.