Technology giant Google launched its popular but controversial mapping service Street View project in Bangalore on Thursday.

Google said that it has started capturing images of Indian streets which will later allow users to view panoramic images of streets across the country the street view feature on Google Maps.

We are announcing the street view in India. You will start seeing Google cars on the streets collecting imagery and then over time, it will be launched online on Google maps, said Vinay Goel , Product Head, Google India .

Street View is a popular feature of Google Maps which is now used in more than 27 countries. With street view, users can virtually explore and navigate a neighborhood through panoramic street-level images. Besides cars, specially designed three-wheel pedi-cabs, called Google Trike with camera system mounted on top, will start gathering images from selected locations such as the Nrityagram Dance Village over the next few weeks

Goel said the company has addressed privacy concerns and is continuously monitoring reports of privacy violations. Google will collect only public data. We have also improved the process so that faces and identifiable details like number plates will be blurred out of the images. We have permissions from local authorities and are open to discussions, he added.