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June 27, 2022
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Google Street View puts Romania on world map

World’s largest search engine Google yesterday launched the Street View Google Maps service for eight Romanian cities, major ski resorts in Prahova Valley and the Black Sea Coast. With this service, users have the option of viewing and browsing 260 degree panoramic images with the streets of a few major cities in Romania including Bucharest, Arad, Oradea, Brasov, Timisoara, Cluj, Sibiu and Constanta. Street View covers a total of 6,000 km in Romania.


‘We want to make available to companies appropriate tools to make themselves known via the Internet. We want to give Romania greater visibility in the world’, Country Manager, Google Romania, Dan Bulucea stated at his first news conference in this position.


The Street View service was launched three years ago in the US. Romania is the 27th country where Google is implementing the service. According to Dan Bulucea, images from Romania are not viewed in real time, having been collected in 2008 and 2009. The application is rather controversial. In September, the Czech authorities banned Google from collecting pictures for its Street View service as ‘there is no certainty that the information is processed under the law’. ‘If Google had not existed, someone would have had to invent it. The opening of this office is very helpful. I am open for all co-operation’, Bu­charest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu said at the opening event.


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Street View is the first localised product launched since the opening of the Google office in Romania in early November, the company being still in a recruitment phase. ‘For a beginning, the team will have no more than ten people, mainly marketing, sales and support. Afterwards, as operations extend on the local market, the number of staff will also grow’, Bulucea said. Google started off in Romania with two employees. The local team will be assisted by staff based everywhere around the world not reporting directly to the local office but also serving the Romanian market in their work. Bulucea estimates local Google business will grow by 30-50 per cent keeping up with the online market trend. According to him, local advertising agencies are partners and not competitors.

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