Google adds aerial 3D imagery to Maps
(ANSA) – MILAN, JUL 27 – Google is gradually adding photorealistic aerial views to nearly 100 landmarks on Maps. This was announced by the company, recalling how the function, similar to Apple Maps’ Flyover, is already available for cities such as Barcelona, ;; London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. The aerial views are the result of the mix of 3D reconstructions of the displayed monuments and real aerial images, a way to faithfully represent a particular point of interest in the metropolises concerned, including Big Ben in London and the Empire State Building in New York. According to Google, aerial views are a first step towards launching the “immersive vision” that the American giant showed at the Google I / O developer conference last May. As Google Maps product director Amanda Leicht Moore wrote, the immersive view mode on Maps will also include interior reproduction of many buildings in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo and real-time data. In addition to aerial views, Google has rolled out other new features on Maps. For cycling routes, users will be able to see additional information, such as the label explaining whether the road you are traveling on is secondary or primary and whether the route includes stairs or steep climbs.
Always along the lines of what is possible on the Apple platform, Maps will also notify you if a friend, who has previously shared his position with the user, reaches the place of interest or moves away from it. The new aerial views and location sharing notifications are already available globally on iOS and Android while the news for cyclists will be launched in the “coming weeks”. (HANDLE).
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