Google Street View Operations Lead for Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand Nhazlisham Hamdan, said that Google today introduced a major update to Google Maps in Malaysia by launching Street View imagery of Sabah's numerous local attractions for locals as well as people from around the world to use, search and enjoy.
Nhazlisham said after launching Street View imagery of public roads in East Malaysia in July and Peninsular Malaysia last year, a special collection of Sabah's world famous peak and renowned islands and natural attractions now join Google Street View on Google Maps.
The imagery was captured via the Street View Trekker, Google's wearable backpack-mounted camera system.
The main highlight of this Street View imagery collection is the country's tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu located at Kinabalu Park which was collected with the assistance of the Sabah Tourism Board.
The world heritage site is well-known for its tremendous botanical and biological species biodiversity that includes plants of Himalayan, Australasian and Indo-Malayan origin, the gigantic Rafflesia plant and the orangutan.
The spectacular imageries of the "Land Below the Wind" now join other special Malaysian collections that showcase Mulu Caves, Taman Negara, Pangkor and Langkawi, among others. Other prominent locations on Sabah's list of attractions include Kapalai Island, Mabul Island and Mantanani Island.
Nhazlisham said the availability of Street View for Sabah's beautiful nature attractions for the very first time makes Google Maps more useful, comprehensive and enjoyable for Malaysians and everyone else interested in discovering more about Sabah's natural heritage sites.
"We are always keen to expand the locations covered by Street View an+d are particularly excited about bringing more of Malaysia into our service," he added. "We want to showcase the beauty of our own country and attract more visitors to visit and enjoy our beautiful country"
"Street View now covers 80 per cent of East Malaysia's and 90 per cent of Peninsular Malaysia's public roads. Including Peninsular Malaysia's coastline as well as islands and natural heritages, we are well on our way to mapping the entirety of the country and providing the most comprehensive, accurate, easy-to-use and hopefully, fun, experience for Malaysians and people around the world."
In areas where Street View is available, street-level imagery can be accessed by dragging the orange "Pegman" icon on the right-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street. Individuals can also search for local destinations in Google Maps and where available, access Street View imagery from the imagery carousel that sits at the bottom of the screen.
By bringing Street View to Malaysia, Google hopes to provide Malaysians with more relevant and useful online map services and more ways of exploring both favourite and unfamiliar local spots, while also helping foster the country's economic development through better maps.
Google plans continue to drive and trek across the country, with the objective of capturing updated imagery across Malaysia regularly over the coming months and years.
Google goes to great lengths to safeguard privacy on Google Maps while enabling all users to benefit from Street View imagery. Google has developed highly sophisticated technology that effectively blurs human faces and license plates of vehicles to render them unidentifiable.
In addition, Google is very responsive to any requests received from users to further blur any images that feature them — to submit a request, people can use the "Report a problem" tool available on the bottom right corner of Google Maps.