Google celebrated 15 years of its Street View, on Tuesday, after it kicked off its immense and hugely controversial effort to snapshot streets in minute detail all over the globe.
The panoramic pictures of Google Street View have slipped into daily life for millions – however, during its early years, it fascinated numerous court cases and howls of suffering from privacy campaigners.
The US tech giant is celebrating the anniversary by releasing a slew of new features, comprising an improved style of the “time travel” tool that enables users to see previous photos taken by Google’s cameras.
Some of the interesting facts about Pakistan that Google discovered as part of Street View’s 15th birthday celebration are as follows:
Most Visited Cities
Here is the list of the top cities that people visited on Street View in Pakistan last year:
Most Popular Museums
Over the past year, the following are the ten most popular museums that people searched on Street View in Pakistan:
· Mazar-e-Quaid, Jinnah’s Mausoleum
· Lahore Museum
· Mohatta Palace Museum
· Pakistan Air Force Museum
· Quaid e Azam House Museum
· TDF MagnifiScience Centre
· Pakistan Maritime Museum
· Peshawar Museum
· Lok Virsa Heritage Museum
· Gulzar Palace
Most Explored Beaches and Lakes
Over the year, Charna Cliff and Hawksbay Beach were among the most popular beaches in Pakistan that people visited on the Street View. Following is the complete list:
· Charna Cliff
· Hawksbay Beach
· Sunehri Beach Deep Blue Sea
· Spoon Lake
· Ratti Gali Lake
· Tushan Beach
· Gwadar Sea Port
· Clifton Beach
· Khasala Dam
· Neela Wahn Ponds
Places people enjoyed the most
· Islamabad International Airport
· Jinnah International Airport (JIAP)
· Shah Faisal Masjid
· Badshahi Mosque
· Frere Hall
· Allama Iqbal International Airport
· The Centaurus Mall Islamabad
· Umbrella Waterfall
Most popular places- globally
The firm also revealed the lists of the most popular destinations for users –Burj Khalifa in Dubai grabbing the top spot for buildings, ahead of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.
According to Google, Indonesia was the most popular country for Street View, following the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.
Moreover, the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, was the most explored city, beating Tokyo, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires.
The firm said in a blog post that it had gathered 220 billion images and traveled over 10 million miles since the first images were released of cities including New York, San Francisco, and Miami.
As Google extended its reach, it faced criticism and years of inspection from regulators in many European countries – major areas of Germany are still absent from the tool.