It appears that Wonobo, the Google Street View competitor launched by BSE listed iGenesys with a $35 million investment in 2013 isn’t publicly available anymore. Its website, which used to offer a 3D panoramic view of cities in India, currently has a notice that reads: “Please let us inform you as soon as we are ready to serve you again.” We noticed this when we were checking Wonobo’s status earlier today, given that Google’s Street View has been disallowed in India, according to a report. We haven’t been able to get a comment from iGenesys MD Sajad Malik despite attempts to contact him via calls, text messages and email, and will update when we have more.
In October last year, Wonobo had received an undisclosed amount of investment from online classifieds company Quikr in, and what is noticeable is that some pages, which are essentially business locations, are still online, although the fullscreen street view functionality isn’t working even on these. Currently, its panoramic view maps are accessible through a mobile app for 17 cities; at the time of launch in 2013, the company started services in 12 cities and planned to extend it to to 54 cities. However, several Google Play users have pointed out through comments that the app’s 3D panoramic photos are ‘outdated’:
Soon, maps may not be legal unless each data point is certified
Geospatial bill: Last month, the Ministry of Home Affairs released a draft “Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” last month. The bill literally seeks to make addition of map related information or creation of even maps and sharing of location and map related data illegal without a license.
If the geospatial bill is approved, companies like Google and WoNoBo might have to acquire exclusive license from the Indian government to provide its Google Maps service in India. The bill would also effectively hamper cab services like Uber, Ola, and other food delivery services since they use APIs created by Google Maps for location-based features.