Google’s Street View project has arrived in the world’s second most populous country, India. Starting from Thursday onwards, it intends to collect panoramic images of the vast country, all the way from luxurious palaces, mausoleums (Taj Mahal, anyone?), and its slums (with a millionaire kid in the making, perhaps?). The 360-degree photographic mapping service currently operates in over 25 countries, and India is an interesting proposition since the project will start in the southern city of Bangalore, which is a technology hub where many Internet firms are based.

Street View has been super popular since it was launch in the US four years back, but it has also run afoul of some governments where privacy is concerned. No such problems with the latter according to Google India chief Vinay Goel, as he said that “Street View is designed to comply with all local laws including those related to security and privacy in India.”

Special cameras will be mounted on cars and tricycles that you can see above in order to get the job done. Do you think Street View will capture images of some folks planking?

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