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A desi company is plotting a challenge to Google Maps

On 27 July, when Google Maps announced the relaunch of its 360-degree panoramic Street View feature in India, people sat up and took notice. Six years ago, the Centre had banned the technology multinational from using this feature in the country, citing security concerns especially around military installations and high-security areas. Google had found a way out: It partnered with Tech Mahindra and the geospatial service company Genesys International to comply with India’s new National Geospatial Policy 2021, which allows products and services like these to be operated by foreign companies only if the imagery data is owned by Indian firms.

That very day, a lesser-known homegrown company called Mapmylndia launched a competing 360-degree street-view imagery feature called Mappls RealView along with 3D


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