WebGL brings 3D graphics to Google Maps

Google announced the availability of a new version of Google Maps, MapsGL, which allows you to interact with 3D elements and view Street View without the need for additional browser plugins.

“WebGL is a new technology capable of displaying 3D graphics through hardware acceleration within the browser. With WebGL your experience on maps is much better with 3D constructions, smoother image transitions and the ability to dive into Street View without installing a plugin ”, explained the company.

To discover the new Google Maps, simply visit maps.google.com/gl. The new features are available in Chrome 14, Firefox Beta and require a compatible video card.