Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has joined hands with MapmyIndia, a navigation solutions provider, a navigation solution provider, to come up with an indigenous alternative to Google Maps.
Calling it a “pathbreaking milestone” towards the objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat, company’s CEO and Executive Director, Rohan Verma said MapmyIndia’s user maps, apps and services would “integrate with ISRO’s huge catalogue of satellite imagery, and earth observation data, and would be a much better, more detailed and comprehensive, as well as privacy-centric, hyper-local and indigenous mapping solution for Indians, compared to foreign map apps and solutions”. He took to LinkedIn to announce the venture saying, “MapmyIndia, being a responsible, local Indian company, ensures that its maps reflect the true sovereignty of the country, depicting India’s borders as per the government of India, and hosts its maps in India.”
According to a PTI report, ISRO and CE Info System Pvt Ltd, owned by MapmyIndia, signed an MoU. The new deal would develop solutions by leveraging their geopportals and work on enhancing geospatial exppertise.
Once the service begins rolling out, Users can also be able to benefit from map-based analytics and insights about the weather, pollution, flood, landslide disasters and so on. As noted, the aim is to reduce the dependence on Google Maps, the most popular mapping service across the globe.
Soon, #GoogleMaps started to dominate trends online and as many celebrated the news, others used this opportunity to poke fun at the foreign mapping services.
According to Google Maps in India. pic.twitter.com/LbR0wbZ4dd— Bangali Babu (@qareebnjr) February 13, 2021
While people seem to be quite excited to try the new product, neither ISRO nor MapmyIndia gave a timeline for the roll-out of the services.