Google Street View driving into Indonesia

Web giant will bring its Street View service first to capital Jakarta, and will work with local tourism board to use its service to highlight key sightseeing destinations.

Internet giant Google will be launching Street View for Indonesia next year, and it will work with the local tourism board to promote key sightseeing sites to visitors.

The Jakarta Post report Saturday cited Andrew McGlinchey, Google's senior product manager for emerging markets Asia, as saying Jakarta will be the first stop for Street View in the country and the first images will be available "at some point next year". 

McGlinchey said Google will be bringing its Street View cars, which come equipped with 15 special cameras, into the country to take street-level 360-degree panorama images.

Additionally, Google will work with Indonesia's Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry to include panoramic photographs of tourist destinations in Indonesia. The Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said the ministry will use Street View to promote at least 16 prime tourist destinations, including Kota Tua heritage site and Sunda Kelapa Port in Jakarta and the Borobudur Temple area in Magelang, Central Java.

It will also blur people's faces and vehicle license plates in these images as with other cities with Street View services, McGlinchey noted.

In Asia-Pacific, Google Street View is available in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore , Taiwan and Thailand.

Where Google Street View is available in Asia
Locations in blue denote where Google Street View is available in Asia.