May 26, 2011

Google Street View - start of driving in Bangalore!

At Google Maps we strive to showcase our real world as vividly as possible. We believe that providing rich, detailed maps enables users to understand the world they live in. Armed with that vision, we introduced Street View back in May 2007 in US. Since then, we’ve expanded to more than 27 countries.

Now, imagine being able to take a tour of the streets of Bangalore from anywhere in the world. Starting today, we are going to drive our Street View cars in Bangalore. Once the collection process is complete, Street View will be available in Bangalore on Google Maps, allowing users all around the world to access street-level imagery and virtually explore various streets in Bangalore. It will be as good as walking down the street from the comfort of your desktop or mobile device!



In addition to the Street View cars, the Google Trike — a specially designed three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system mounted on top — will start gathering images from select locations in and around Bangalore, such as the Nrityagram Dance Village over the next few weeks. The Trike has already collected imagery from dozens of famous places around the world, including Stonehenge in the UK, Colosseum in Rome or Legoland in California. You can check out how the trike works by watching this video.

We will continue to update on our progress as we drive around Bangalore. To know more, do visit google.co.in/streetview and learn about Street View and how it can be used for both consumers and businesses.

May 24, 2011

Ride on Delhi and Ahmedabad buses with Google Maps

More people, in our metro cities, use local bus services to commute than any other transport network/medium. Inspite of this, the availability and dissemination of route and schedule information of these service have tremendous scope for improvement. Furthering our goal of expanding transit coverage of Indian cities, we are glad to announce the addition of DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) and AMTS (Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Services) bus services to Google Transit. These cities join Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune bus services that are already available apart from 450 cities globally.

How to make the best use of Google Transit

Not only is it very easy to plan your trip, but you can also find a trip that involves a) fewer transfers b) less walking or c) uses a particular type of transit service (trains or buses), using Google Transit
  • Search for information to reach from Place A to B on Google Maps, the results will show a map with the possible route and driving directions for the commuter
  • Choose the transit option by clicking the train icon (next to the car icon)
  • Commuters would get first hand information on best available multi-modal routes and step by step directions including frequency, and travel duration for each leg of the trip in text and on the map.
  • You can also refine the trip options by clicking on the “Show Options” link that appear below destination point B field
Below is one example. You are visiting a friend who stays in Mayur Vihar phase I in Delhi and you would like to visit Red Fort using the bus.



Your friend instead suggests taking Delhi Metro to go to Red Fort and bus for the return journey. Its very easy to plan this using Google Transit, simply choose the preferred transit service to “Subway” and hit “ Get Directions” !



So next time when you want to plan your trip whether from New Delhi Railway Station to Vasant Kunj or from Ahmedabad railway station to IIM, explore all the public transport options using Google Transit and adopt an environment friendly way to commute.


May 5, 2011

India's Largest Online B2B Marketplace IndiaMART.com Goes Google

IndiaMART.com, India's largest online B2B marketplace, announced today that more than 4,000 of its employees, located across 75 offices within the country, have recently started using Google Apps for Business as their primary messaging and collaboration suite.

Google Apps for Business is a web-based suite of messaging and collaboration applications, that includes Gmail, Google Calendar, and integrated IM, as well as Google Docs and Google Sites, Google’s word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and website creation tools.

IndiaMart chose Google Apps for a better infrastructure and management than what they believe is ordinarily possible with on-premise solutions, while serving millions of users simultaneously.

IndiaMART.com serves as an example of how organizations are able use cloud-based messaging and collaboration tools to connect their employees, customers and business partners in various offices and cities for enhanced productivity and better decision making.

The migration to Google Apps for Business allows IndiaMART.com to move its employees onto one common email platform. The company is also in the process of rolling out collaboration tools such as Google Docs, which allow employees to share files and collaborate in real-time, keeping versions organized and available wherever and whenever they work.

IndiaMART.com plans to transition other custom on-premise apps to the cloud using Google App Engine in future.