Google Street View in Colombia

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Screenshot of Street view for Manizales on Google Earth

In June 2012 Google Colombia announced to the media that the Google Street View cars would be circulating throughout Colombia collecting images.[1]

In September 2013 Google Street View became available. It covers a major part of the Colombian territory including 21 cities and many smaller towns. Among the major cities covered by Street view are Bogotá, Cartagena, Manizales, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Santa Marta and Neiva.[2][3]

The initial collecting of images begun in Bogota. Google explained to the Colombian media that the well known privacy concerns would be addressed with the blurring of faces and car plates. They also explained that a contact form would be available for users if they believed that there was data that they deemed private.

By the time of the first release some locations were not still covered, but Google assured that within the next months they would cover those areas still missing; namely Medellin and Cali.

According to Semana magazine, the first stage of image collection included a coverage of more than 30.000 km of streets and roads.

In addition to the cars, Google also used trikes since they were convenient for many narrow streets and colonial areas where cars might not be allowed.

Google introduced Street View officially to the Colombian people and the Colombian media at a press conference at the Interactive Center Maloka, a center for the diffusion of knowledge in science and technology located in the city of Bogota. Google executive for Colombia explained that Maloka had been chosen because it was known as a place that inspired exploration and innovation.

During a press conference general manager for Google in Colombia Laura Camacho explained that Colombia was the 4th country in Latin America to have a major Street View coverage after Mexico, Brazil and Chile (which was started almost at the same time). She also expressed that after a year of operations in Colombia, the releasing of Street View in this country, implied an acknowledgment by Google that Colombia is an important market in Latin America.[4]

Timeline of introductions[edit]

Date Major locations added
September 3, 2013 Bogota, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Manizales, Pereira, Armenia

Department

Major cities/areas

Antioquia Medellín, Apartadó, Arboletes, Caucasia, Chigorodó, Necoclí, Turbo
Atlántico 'Barranquilla', Baranoa, Campo de la Cruz, Candelaria, Galapa, Juan de Acosta, Luruaco, Malambo, Manatí, Palmar de Varela, Piojó, Polonuevo, Ponedera, Puerto Colombia, Repelón, Sabanagrande, Sabanalarga, Santa Lucía, Santo Tomás, Soledad, Suán, Tubará, Usiacurí
Bolívar Cartagena, Arjona, Arroyo Hondo, Calamar, Cicuco, Clemencia, El Carmen de Bolívar, Magangué, Mahates, María la Baja, Mompos, San Estanislao, San Jacinto, San Juan Nepomuceno, Santa Catalina, Santa Rosa, Soplaviento, Talaigua Nuevo, Turbaco, Turbaná, Villanueva, Zambrano
Boyacá Tunja, Aquitania (Main Street Only), Arcabuco (Main Street Only), Chiquinquirá, Cómbita (Main Street Only), Duitama, Paipa (Main Street Only), Saboyá (Main Street Only), Sáchica (Main Street Only), Santana (Main Street Only), Sogamoso, Sutamarchán(Main Street Only), Tibasosa (Main Street Only), Tinjacá (Main Street Only), Villa de Leyva
Caldas Manizales, Anserma, Aranzazu, Belarcázar, Chinchiná, Filadelfia, La Dorada, Marmato, Neira, Pacora, Palestina, Riosucio, Risaralda, Salamina, Supía, Villamaría, Viterbo
Cesar 'Valledupar', Aguachica, Agustín Codazzi, Becerril, Bosconia, Chiriguaná, Curumaní, El Copey (Main Street Only), El Paso, Gamarra, La Paz, Manaure Balcón del Cesar, Pailitas, Pelaya (Main Street Only), Río de Oro(Main Street Only)', San Alberto, San Diego, San Martín, '
Córdoba Montería, Buenavista, Canalete, Cereté, Chinú, Ciénaga de Oro, Lorica, Los Córdobas, Momil, Montelíbano, Planeta Rica, Pueblo Nuevo, Purísima, Sahagún, San Antero, San Andrés de Sotavento, San Bernando del Viento, San Carlos, San Pelayo, Tuchín
Cundinamarca 'Bogotá D.C., Agua de Dios (Main Street Only), Albán (Main Street Only), Anapoima, Anolaima, Apulo, Arbeláez, Bojacá, Cachipay, Cajicá, Cáqueza, Chía, Chipaque, Choachí, Chocontá (Main Street Only), Cota, El Colegio, El Rosal, Facatativá, Fómeque, Funza, Fusagasugá, Gachancipá, Gachetá, Girardot, Guasca, Guatavita, Guayabetal (Main Street Only), Junín, La Calera,' La Mesa, La Vega, Madrid, Mosquera, Nariño, Nemocón (Main Street Only), Nocaima, Pasca, Ricaurte, San Antonio del Tequendama, San Francisco, Sasaima, Sesquilé, Sibaté, Silvania (Main Street Only), Soacha, Sopó, Subachoque, Sutatausa(Main Street Only), Tabio, Tena, Tenjo, Tocaima, Tocancipá, Ubaté (Main Street Only), Ubaque, Villapinzón (Main Street Only), Villeta, Viotá, Zipacón, Zipaquirá
Huila Neiva, Altamira (Main Street Only), Campoalegre (Main Street Only), Garzón, Gigante (Main Street Only), Hobo (Main Street Only), La Plata, Paicol, Pitalito, San Agustín, Tesalia, Timana(Main Street Only)
La Guajira Riohacha, Albania, Barrancas (Main Street Only),'Distracción (Main Street Only), Fonseca, 'Maicao, Manaure, San Juan del Cesar, Uribia
Magdalena Santa Marta, Algarrobo, Aracataca, Ariguani, Ciénaga, El Banco, Fundación, Guamal, Pivijay (Main Street Only), Plato, San Sebastián de Buenavista, Tenerife,
Meta Villavicencio, Acacías, Guamal (Main Street Only), Granada, San Martín (Main Street Only), Restrepo (Main Street Only)
Norte de Santander Cúcuta, Los Patios, Mutiscua, Ocaña (Main Street Only), Pamplona, Pamplonita, Silos, Villa del Rosario
Quindío Armenia, Calarcá, Montenegro (Parque Nacional del Café)
Risaralda Pereira, Dosquebradas, La Virginia, Santa Rosa del Cabal
Santander Bucaramanga, Aratoca, Barbosa (Main Street Only), Barrancabermeja, Barichara, El Carmen de Chucurí, El Playón, Floridablanca, Girón, Lebrija, Los Santos, Oiba (Main Street Only), Páramo, Piedecuesta, Puerto Parra, Puerto Wilches, Rionegro, Sabana de Torres, San Andrés, San Gil, Socorro (Main Street Only), Valle de San José, Villanueva, Zapatoca
Sucre Sincelejo, Buenavista, Coloso, Corozal, Coveñas, Chalan, Galeras, La Unión, Los Palmitos, Ovejas, Sampués, San Benito Abad, San Juan de Betulia, San Marcos, San Onofre, San Pedro, Sincé (Main Street Only), Tolú, Toluviejo,
Tolima 'Ibagué, Alvarado, Armero Guayabal, Cajamarca, Carmen de Apicalá, 'Espinal, Fresno (Main Street Only), Guamo, Honda (Main Street Only), Mariquita, Melgar, Natagaima, Lérida, Líbano (Main Street Only), Piedras de la Cruz, Rovira, Saldaña, Valle de San Juan, Venadillo
Valle del Cauca Palmira (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Universidad Nacional)

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