Google today announced a major update to its map service, Google Maps and Google Earth. In addition to exploring new forms of coverage, the company has also sought to continue with new ways of improving and using maps.
“For the past decade, we’ve been obsessed with building big maps for our users – maps that are totally comprehensive, increasingly accurate and incredibly easy to navigate,” explained Brian McClendon, vice president of Engineering at Google Maps.
To take the service to new locations, the company today showed the creation of the Street View Trekker. The new technology, which fits in a backpack, offers Google operators the possibility of 360º cameras in places that are only accessible on foot, for example, the Grand Canyon.
Another novelty launched by the Mountain View giant is offline maps for over 100 countries on mobile devices, both on devices with the Android or iOS system. “That means that the next time you’re on the subway, or don’t have a data connection, you can still use our maps.”
And it doesn’t stop there: the search engine also revealed the inclusion of new 3D models for metropolitan areas in Google Earth on mobile devices. The result, which you can watch in the video below, is just incredible:
Google explains how it managed to make this true work of art: “This is possible thanks to a combination of our new techniques of image rendering and computer vision that allow us to automatically generate complete landscapes in 3D, with buildings, land and even landscaping , from 45 degrees of aerial images ”, said McClendon, who said he was dazzled by the progress of the product.