Screenshot: Google Street View’s image of Ampang Hilir.

Google Street View, a popular feature on Google Maps, is hitting Malaysian shores. With the support of Tourism Malaysia, Google will capture 360 degree panoramic imagery across Malaysia over the next few years.

Screenshot: Google Street View’s image of Batu Caves.

Street View is a feature on Google Maps that allows people to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood with photo images. To promote this new feature, Google is publishing new Street View imagery of 18 sites across Malaysia including Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir in KL, Batu Caves in Selangor, Kepong’s Taman Botanical and even PJ’s Sunway Lagoon.

Screenshot: Google Street View’s photo of Taman Botanical, Kepong.

Soon, Street View cars equipped with special cameras will be driving around the streets of KL to collect street-imagery for Google Maps with Street View. This 360 degree imagery is collected using the Street View Trike, a tricycle-based camera system.

Screenshot: Google Street View’s photo of Fort Cornwallis, Penang.

Google Street View has been controversial in the past because of privacy concerns. But Google has reassured the public that human faces and license plates will be blurred to render them unidentifiable. People can also submit a request to Google if there are specific things they wish to be blurred.

Screenshot: Google Street View’s photo of Sunway Lagoon, PJ.

Since Google Street View launched in 2007, it has covered different countries in the world – including Antarctica. In Asia, it’s currently available in ten countries, including Singapore, some parts of China, Taiwan and South Korea.

Sherry Israel