Google eyes 360° view of Gandhi ashram

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 - 10:00am IST Updated: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 - 1:00pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
This was disclosed to dna by Gautam Gandhi, head of new business development at Google Inc in India, who was in the city on Sunday to deliver a lecture at the Techies2Tycoon workshop.

Google, the world’s biggest internet search engine, is already providing 360 degree panoramic view of various retail stores in the country. Now, Google India is interested in giving a similar panoramic or street view of Gandhi Ashram, so that anyone interested can have a virtual tour of the place.

This was disclosed to dna by Gautam Gandhi, head of new business development at Google Inc in India, who was in the city on Sunday to deliver a lecture at the Techies2Tycoon workshop.

In an exclusive interaction with dna, Gandhi said that Google has been working on several new products and services in the country.

“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,” said Gandhi.

He further said that Google India has already approached the authorities for permission to cover Gandhi Ashram for the panoramic view project.

“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 said.

Talking about searches from India, Gandhi said that the maximum demand is for what can be called ‘ABCD’ — 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.

Even politics is much behind ABCD, said Gandhi. “But, the case of Narendra Modi is different. He has adopted new technology to connect to people. We believe that in the Union elections scheduled next year, Modi will be much ahead in reaching out to people through the digital medium. After that, every politician in the country will follow his example,” he said.

India is the third fastest growing country in terms of internet penetration, said Gandhi. “China tops the world, followed by the US and the third is India,” he said, adding that India has a problem which can be solved by the government and the people of the country.
 


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