Taiwan was the eighth most searched country on Google Street View over the past 12 months, the US technology company said on Tuesday.
Last week, Google marked the 15th anniversary of its mapping service, which allows users to view street-level imagery.
Data from May last year to last month showed Taiwan and Taipei ranked eighth among the most searched countries and cities, respectively, Google said in a blog post about services in Taiwan.
Indonesia was the most searched country during the period, followed by the United States, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Italy, while the most searched city was Jakarta , followed by Tokyo, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, New York and Istanbul, Google said.
After launching Street View in 2007, which initially covered just five US cities, Google began taking photos on the streets of Taiwan in 2008, before the service expanded to Taipei in 2009, the company said. .
To mark the anniversary, Google announced that it is expanding a Street View feature called Time Machine, which can be used on desktop computers and mobile devices using Android or iOS operating systems.
First introduced in 2014, the feature provides users with past images of a location taken at different times, so they can “go back in time” to 2007, Google said.
The company also released a list of the 25 most searched Street View spots in Taiwan, with two 7-Eleven stores – in Lukang Township (鹿港) of Changhua County and Dawu Township of Taitung County (大武) – taking first and fifth place respectively. .
Other popular sites on the list include Baishatun Gongtian Temple in Miaoli County (6th), Taipei 101 (17th), Hanshin Arena Shopping Plaza in Kaohsiung (20th), and MRT Fuzhong Station in New Taipei City (25th). .
Popular locations in Taiwan also include Taichung (3rd), Taoyuan (9th), Hsinchu (11th), Kaohsiung (12th), Jhongli (13th), Tainan (16th) and Taipei Main Station (24th) stations. .
Overall, the most searched location was the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, followed by the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Taj Mahal in India, Google said.
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