During a special event earlier this week, Google announced the latest developments for its Google Earth and Google Street View. Google is able to create photorealistic 3D interactive maps of entire cities, allowing you to explore a city with Google Earth in a helicopter like view. You will be able to see these new developments on the computer, but also on your mobile, making a pretty amazing tool when touring a foreign city.
Since 2006, we’ve had textured 3D buildings in Google Earth, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll begin adding 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices in the near future.
Thanks to new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision, we’re able to create 3D cityscapes, complete with buildings, terrain and even landscaping, from 45-degree aerial imagery.
By the end of the year, we aim to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people
Press event with Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps, including sneak-peek demos and a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps.