A new generation of orbiting satellites could make Google Maps even clearer by bringing an image resolution of 50 centimeters, being twice as powerful as the current satellites.
Most of the satellite images that people have access reach 70-100 centimeters of resolutions. This means that each pixel represents an object between 70 and 100 centimeters in size, depending on the power of the camera.
DigitalGlobe, which has clients such as Google Maps, Bing and Apple, recently started offering images with 50 centimeters of space. Although the companies do not confirm, the new images are expected to reach users in the coming months.
According to the Geek website, US government satellites are known to have 10 centimeters of capacity – enough resolution to see individual people in a crowd.