Google has taken on the task of putting every hawker centre in Singapore on Google Maps’ Street View feature. If you haven’t yet used the feature, street view basically gives you an all-rounded view of a location, allowing you to see how location looks from an almost human perspective.
The Street View Trekkers
In 2018, Google Maps announced the use of a new fleet of Street View Trekkers. These 360° trekkers are mounted on backpacks to capture crystal clear images of locations around the world. These are what Google will be using to create immersive views of Singapore’s hawker centre interiors. This way, visitors may even be able explore the fare.
In an ode to Singapore’s hawker centres, Google is co-driving the nomination to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The attempt sees the collaboration of National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Federation Of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS) to making Singapore’s hawker centres discoverable to just about anyone who’s curious.
Now you’ll no longer have to visit Eatbook listicles to be surprised at how a location doesn’t look how you’d expected to. You know, just to make sure you never end up wearing a suit to be a glutton at a hawker centre.
In total, Google is collecting the imagery of ALL hawker centres, starting with Chinatown Market, Geylang Serai Market, Tekka Market, Maxwell Food Centre, and Golden Mile Food Centre. Located across Singapore, the total centre count adds up to a whopping 114 hawker centres.
Operators collecting the information will all be travelling by foot, and will expected to be done with Google being ready to launch as early as 2020. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to check whether your old haunts are still around, whether Michelin starred or not.